How to format your references using the Journal of Proteomics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Proteomics. For a complete guide how to prepare your manuscript refer to the journal's instructions to authors.

Using reference management software

Typically you don't format your citations and bibliography by hand. The easiest way is to use a reference manager:

PaperpileThe citation style is built in and you can choose it in Settings > Citation Style or Paperpile > Citation Style in Google Docs.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
Mendeley, Zotero, Papers, and othersThe style is either built in or you can download a CSL file that is supported by most references management programs.
BibTeXBibTeX syles are usually part of a LaTeX template. Check the instructions to authors if the publisher offers a LaTeX template for this journal.

Journal articles

Those examples are references to articles in scholarly journals and how they are supposed to appear in your bibliography.

Not all journals organize their published articles in volumes and issues, so these fields are optional. Some electronic journals do not provide a page range, but instead list an article identifier. In a case like this it's safe to use the article identifier instead of the page range.

A journal article with 1 author
A. Lawler, U.S. SPACE SCIENCE: Earmarks, Rising Costs Threaten NASA Missions, Science. 289 (2000) 2018.
A journal article with 2 authors
A.N. Miller, S.B. Long, Crystal structure of the human two-pore domain potassium channel K2P1, Science. 335 (2012) 432–436.
A journal article with 3 authors
T. Khudiyev, E. Huseyinoglu, M. Bayindir, Non-resonant Mie scattering: emergent optical properties of core-shell polymer nanowires, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 4607.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
S.M. Maricich, S.A. Wellnitz, A.M. Nelson, D.R. Lesniak, G.J. Gerling, E.A. Lumpkin, H.Y. Zoghbi, Merkel cells are essential for light-touch responses, Science. 324 (2009) 1580–1582.

Books and book chapters

Here are examples of references for authored and edited books as well as book chapters.

An authored book
R.R. Lunt, J.D. Cunic, Profiles in Flue Gas Desulfurization, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2000.
An edited book
J. Michelsen, Service Virtualization: Reality is Overrated, Apress, Berkeley, CA, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
A. Ferrari, B.Q. Luna, A. Spickermann, J. Travelletti, D. Krzeminska, J. Eichenberger, T. van Asch, R. van Beek, T. Bogaard, J.-P. Malet, L. Laloui, Techniques for the Modelling of the Process Systems in Slow and Fast-Moving Landslides, in: T. Van Asch, J. Corominas, S. Greiving, J.-P. Malet, S. Sterlacchini (Eds.), Mountain Risks: From Prediction to Management and Governance, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2014: pp. 83–129.

Web sites

Sometimes references to web sites should appear directly in the text rather than in the bibliography. Refer to the Instructions to authors for Journal of Proteomics.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Air Pollution May Be Damaging Children’s Brains – Before They Are Even Born, IFLScience. (2015).


This example shows the general structure used for government reports, technical reports, and scientific reports. If you can't locate the report number then it might be better to cite the report as a book. For reports it is usually not individual people that are credited as authors, but a governmental department or agency like "U. S. Food and Drug Administration" or "National Cancer Institute".

Government report
Government Accountability Office, Highway Safety: Fatalities in Light Trucks and Vans, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1990.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
C.L. Millar, Re-specting graffiti: Transgression at play in art, language, and ritual, Doctoral dissertation, Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2010.

News paper articles

Unlike scholarly journals, news papers do not usually have a volume and issue number. Instead, the full date and page number is required for a correct reference.

New York Times article
M. Kelly, Hillary Clinton Rejects Delay in Health Plan, New York Times. (1993) B12.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Proteomics
AbbreviationJ. Proteomics
ISSN (print)1874-3919

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