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
Deweerdt, S.: Comparative biology: Naked ambition. Nature. 509, S60-1 (2014)
A journal article with 2 authors
Mullins, C.B., Sitz, G.O.: Chemistry. Taking a selective bite out of methane. Science. 319, 736–737 (2008)
A journal article with 3 authors
Popovych, O.V., Yanchuk, S., Tass, P.A.: Self-organized noise resistance of oscillatory neural networks with spike timing-dependent plasticity. Sci. Rep. 3, 2926 (2013)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Lan, P., Tan, M., Zhang, Y., Niu, S., Chen, J., Shi, S., Qiu, S., Wang, X., Peng, X., Cai, G., Cheng, H., Wu, J., Li, G., Lei, M.: Structural insight into precursor tRNA processing by yeast ribonuclease P. Science. 362, (2018)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Reay, D.: Digital Signal Processing and Applications with the OMAP-L138 eXperimenter. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ (2012)
An edited book
Buttazzo, G.: Soft Real-Time Systems: Predictability vs. Efficiency. Springer US, Boston, MA (2005)
A chapter in an edited book
Cheung, S., Dutertre, B., Lindqvist, U.: Detecting Disruptive Routers in Wireless Sensor Networks. In: Kunz, T. and Ravi, S.S. (eds.) Ad-Hoc, Mobile, and Wireless Networks: 5th International Conference, ADHOC-NOW 2006, Ottawa, Canada, August 17-19, 2006. Proceedings. pp. 19–31. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (2006)

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.: Parasites Prefer Gigantic, Castrated Water Fleas,


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: Highway Program Consolidation. 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
Delaney, R.M.: A qualitative descriptive case study explaining professional development in community corrections, (2014)

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
Vecsey, G.: A Continent’s Hopes Are Swatted Away, (2010)

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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