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. Ferguson, MEDICINE. Membrane traffic en route to cancer, Science. 350 (2015) 162–163.
A journal article with 2 authors
Y. Goddéris, Y. Donnadieu, Carbon cycling and snowball Earth, Nature. 456 (2008) E8; author reply E9-10.
A journal article with 3 authors
I. Kurth, R.E. Georgescu, M.E. O’Donnell, A solution to release twisted DNA during chromosome replication by coupled DNA polymerases, Nature. 496 (2013) 119–122.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
V. Gobert, M. Gottar, A.A. Matskevich, S. Rutschmann, J. Royet, M. Belvin, J.A. Hoffmann, D. Ferrandon, Dual activation of the Drosophila toll pathway by two pattern recognition receptors, Science. 302 (2003) 2126–2130.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
B.A. Cayoun, Mindfulness-integrated CBT for Well-being and Personal Growth, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2015.
An edited book
E. Bertino, Security for Web Services and Service-Oriented Architectures, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
G.I. Simari, S.D. Parsons, A Theoretical Comparison of Models, in: S.D. Parsons (Ed.), Markov Decision Processes and the Belief-Desire-Intention Model: Bridging the Gap for Autonomous Agents, Springer, New York, NY, 2011: pp. 27–48.

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
K. Evans, Coral Fish Are Less Stressed When They Find Their Shoal Mates, IFLScience. (2016).


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, Rehabilitation Services: Administration of Grants to Human Services Training and Research Council, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1986.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
B. Richey, Exploration of a Tandem Diels-Alder Ugi-Smiles Reaction, Doctoral dissertation, Southern Illinois University, 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
S.K. (nyt), World Briefing | Europe: Estonia: Vodka Pipeline, New York Times. (2004) A6.

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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