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
Fuhrman, J.A.: Microbial community structure and its functional implications. Nature. 459, 193–199 (2009)
A journal article with 2 authors
Stark, C.P., Stieglitz, M.: Hydrology. The sting in a fractal tail. Nature. 403, 493, 495 (2000)
A journal article with 3 authors
van Polanen, V., Bergmann Tiest, W.M., Kappers, A.M.L.: Target contact and exploration strategies in haptic search. Sci. Rep. 4, 6254 (2014)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Soliman, F., Glatt, C.E., Bath, K.G., Levita, L., Jones, R.M., Pattwell, S.S., Jing, D., Tottenham, N., Amso, D., Somerville, L.H., Voss, H.U., Glover, G., Ballon, D.J., Liston, C., Teslovich, T., Van Kempen, T., Lee, F.S., Casey, B.J.: A genetic variant BDNF polymorphism alters extinction learning in both mouse and human. Science. 327, 863–866 (2010)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Anderson, D.: TKO Sales! John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ (2007)
An edited book
Liapis, H., Wang, H.L. eds: Pathology of Solid Organ Transplantation. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (2011)
A chapter in an edited book
van Ooijen, P.M.A., Kristanto, W., de Jonge, G.J., Kuehnel, C., Hennemuth, A., Boskamp, T., Groen, J.M., Broekema, A.: Multi-Dimensional Computed Cardiac Visualization. In: Oudkerk, M. and Reiser, M.F. (eds.) Coronary Radiology. pp. 297–338. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (2009)

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
Davis, J.: Cholesterol Drug Could Dramatically Cut Death Rate In Breast Cancer Patients,


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: Bankruptcy Reform: Value of Credit Counseling Requirements Is Not Clear. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (2007)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Li, K.: An explicative model of leisure-time physical activities among church-going African Americans in Indianapolis, (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
Billard, M.: Still Wild For Animal Prints, (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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