How to format your references using the Journal of The American Society for Mass Spectrometry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of The American Society for Mass Spectrometry. 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
Slonczewski, J.: Tuberculosis bacteria join UN. Nature. 405, 1001 (2000)
A journal article with 2 authors
Fisher, C.R., Girguis, P.: Microbiology. A proteomic snapshot of life at a vent. Science. 315, 198–199 (2007)
A journal article with 3 authors
Hibbett, D.S., Gilbert, L.B., Donoghue, M.J.: Evolutionary instability of ectomycorrhizal symbioses in basidiomycetes. Nature. 407, 506–508 (2000)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Hosseini, T., Flores-Vivian, I., Sobolev, K., Kouklin, N.: Concrete embedded dye-synthesized photovoltaic solar cell. Sci. Rep. 3, 2727 (2013)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Vettese, F.: The Essential Retirement Guide. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ (2015)
An edited book
Henning, M.A.: Total Domination in Graphs. Springer, New York, NY (2013)
A chapter in an edited book
Hellmich, C., Fritsch, A., Dormieux, L.: Multiscale Homogenization Theory: An Analysis Tool for Revealing Mechanical Design Principles in Bone and Bone Replacement Materials. In: Gruber, P., Bruckner, D., Hellmich, C., Schmiedmayer, H.-B., Stachelberger, H., and Gebeshuber, I.C. (eds.) Biomimetics -- Materials, Structures and Processes: Examples, Ideas and Case Studies. pp. 81–103. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (2011)

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 The American Society for Mass Spectrometry.

Blog post
Fang, J.: Pigeons Wearing Eye Patches Must Learn New Routes Home


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: Transportation Infrastructure: Federal Highway Administration FY 1992 Budget Request and Highway Program Reauthorization Proposal. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (1991)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Dahdah, S.: Modeling an infrastructure safety rating for vulnerable road users in developing countries, (2008)

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
Crow, K.: Is It a Fight Over Fast Food Or the People Who Eat It?, (2002)

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 The American Society for Mass Spectrometry
AbbreviationJ. Am. Soc. Mass Spectrom.
ISSN (print)1044-0305
ISSN (online)1879-1123
ScopeStructural Biology

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