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
Proctor, R.N.: Expert witnesses take the stand. Nature. 407, 15–16 (2000)
A journal article with 2 authors
Di Domizio, J., Gilliet, M.: SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY. Designer cells finely tuned for therapy. Science. 350, 1478–1479 (2015)
A journal article with 3 authors
Allanore, A., Yin, L., Sadoway, D.R.: A new anode material for oxygen evolution in molten oxide electrolysis. Nature. 497, 353–356 (2013)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Miller, G.H., Fogel, M.L., Magee, J.W., Gagan, M.K., Clarke, S.J., Johnson, B.J.: Ecosystem collapse in Pleistocene Australia and a human role in megafaunal extinction. Science. 309, 287–290 (2005)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Nasr, V.G., DiNardo, J.A.: The Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia Handbook. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK (2017)
An edited book
Lee, S.J., Kim, Y., Phillips, R. eds: Community Well-Being and Community Development: Conceptions and Applications. Springer International Publishing, Cham (2015)
A chapter in an edited book
Fuhr, N.: Bridging Information Retrieval and Databases. In: Ferro, N. (ed.) Bridging Between Information Retrieval and Databases: PROMISE Winter School 2013, Bressanone, Italy, February 4-8, 2013. Revised Tutorial Lectures. pp. 97–115. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (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
Hamilton, K.: The Legal Minefield Of 3D Printed Guns,


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: Information Technology: HUD Needs to Improve Key Project Management Practices for Its Modernization Efforts. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (2013)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Sachdev, N.A.: An Evaluation of the District of Columbia Summer Youth Employment Program, (2012)

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
Tomasky, M.: Single Payer or Bust?, (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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