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
Wickelgren, I.: HYPERTENSION: Mutation Points to Salt Recycling Pathway. Science. 289, 23b–6b (2000)
A journal article with 2 authors
Sheu, Y.-J., Stillman, B.: The Dbf4-Cdc7 kinase promotes S phase by alleviating an inhibitory activity in Mcm4. Nature. 463, 113–117 (2010)
A journal article with 3 authors
Xu, X., Su, Y., Fan, Z.H.: Cotinine concentration in serum correlates with tobacco smoke-induced emphysema in mice. Sci. Rep. 4, 3864 (2014)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Berndt, T., Böge, O., Stratmann, F., Heintzenberg, J., Kulmala, M.: Rapid formation of sulfuric acid particles at near-atmospheric conditions. Science. 307, 698–700 (2005)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Durbin, P.A., Reif, B.A.P.: Statistical Theory and Modeling for Turbulent Flows. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK (2010)
An edited book
Mudry, J., Zwahlen, F., Bertrand, C., LaMoreaux, J.W. eds: H2Karst Research in Limestone Hydrogeology. Springer International Publishing, Cham (2014)
A chapter in an edited book
Rega, G.: Theoretical and Experimental Nonlinear Vibrations of Sagged Elastic Cables. In: Warminski, J., Lenci, S., Cartmell, M.P., Rega, G., and Wiercigroch, M. (eds.) Nonlinear Dynamic Phenomena in Mechanics. pp. 159–210. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht (2012)

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
Andrew, E.: Why Are We Still Searching For The Loch Ness Monster?,


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: College Tuition and Fees: Changes in the 1995-96 to 1999-2000 Period Compared With Median Household Income. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (2000)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Sweeney, M.T.: Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare treatment outcomes: Wediko Children’s Services short-term residential treatment program, (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
Hollander, S.: Syracuse and Princeton Survive to Reach Final, (2000)

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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