How to format your references using the Trends in Analytical Chemistry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Trends in Analytical Chemistry. 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
S.M. Wolfe, Medicine. Ephedra--scientific evidence versus money/politics, Science. 300 (2003) 437.
A journal article with 2 authors
U.S. Cho, W. Xu, Crystal structure of a protein phosphatase 2A heterotrimeric holoenzyme, Nature. 445 (2007) 53–57.
A journal article with 3 authors
A. Serganov, L. Huang, D.J. Patel, Coenzyme recognition and gene regulation by a flavin mononucleotide riboswitch, Nature. 458 (2009) 233–237.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
H.J. Kim, S.-M. Lee, Y.-S. Oh, Y.-H. Yang, Y.S. Lim, D.H. Yoon, C. Lee, J.-Y. Kim, R.S. Ruoff, Unoxidized graphene/alumina nanocomposite: fracture- and wear-resistance effects of graphene on alumina matrix, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 5176.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
V.A. Kovalev, Solutions in Lidar Profiling of the Atmosphere, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ, 2015.
An edited book
N. Bessis, C. Dobre, eds., Big Data and Internet of Things: A Roadmap for Smart Environments, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
M.P. Federle, Use of Imaging Techniques to Screen for Hepatocellular Carcinoma, in: B.I. Carr (Ed.), Hepatocellular Cancer: Diagnosis and Treatment, Humana Press, Totowa, NJ, 2005: pp. 117–140.

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 Trends in Analytical Chemistry.

Blog post
D. Andrew, Record High To Record Low: What On Earth Is Happening To Antarctica’s Sea Ice?, IFLScience. (2016). (accessed October 30, 2018).


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, GAO Thesaurus, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1998.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
M. Cabrales, Gupta Rajpoot scheme for quark flavor mixing, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 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
S. Kishkovsky, Major Russian TV Station Is Accused of Censorship, New York Times. (2006) C3.

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 titleTrends in Analytical Chemistry
AbbreviationTrends Analyt. Chem.
ISSN (print)0165-9936
ScopeAnalytical Chemistry

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