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
Ainsworth, C.: Agriculture: A new breed of edits. Nature. 528, S15-6 (2015)
A journal article with 2 authors
Boltasseva, A., Shalaev, V.M.: Materials science. All that glitters need not be gold. Science. 347, 1308–1310 (2015)
A journal article with 3 authors
Hunte, C., Zickermann, V., Brandt, U.: Functional modules and structural basis of conformational coupling in mitochondrial complex I. Science. 329, 448–451 (2010)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Kapranov, P., Cawley, S.E., Drenkow, J., Bekiranov, S., Strausberg, R.L., Fodor, S.P.A., Gingeras, T.R.: Large-scale transcriptional activity in chromosomes 21 and 22. Science. 296, 916–919 (2002)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Anderson, S.K., Handelsman, M.M.: Ethics for Psychotherapists and Counselors. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK (2009)
An edited book
Aldinger, C.E., Vince Whitman, C. eds: Case Studies in Global School Health Promotion: From Research to Practice. Springer, New York, NY (2009)
A chapter in an edited book
Wafford, K.A.: The Pharmacology of Extrasynaptic GABAA Receptors. In: Errington, A.C., Di Giovanni, G., and Crunelli, V. (eds.) Extrasynaptic GABAA Receptors. pp. 51–74. Springer, New York, NY (2014)

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
Evans, K.: Ground Squirrels Use The Sun To Hide Their Food Stash


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: Student Discipline: Individuals With Disabilities Education Act. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (2001)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Klein, J.: Mississippian Space and Place: A Geographical Study of Archaeological Site Data in the American Bottom, (2017)

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
Sisario, B., Coscarelli, J.: It’s Adele vs. Beyoncé, (2017)

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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