How to format your references using the Advances in Biological Regulation citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Advances in Biological Regulation. 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
Hollingsworth, M.D., 2009. Chemistry. Calcite biocomposites up close. Science 326, 1194–1195.
A journal article with 2 authors
Gerszten, R.E., Wang, T.J., 2008. The search for new cardiovascular biomarkers. Nature 451, 949–952.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yu, Y.-T.N., Yuan, X., Velicer, G.J., 2010. Adaptive evolution of an sRNA that controls Myxococcus development. Science 328, 993.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Lee, W.S., Vishik, I.M., Tanaka, K., Lu, D.H., Sasagawa, T., Nagaosa, N., Devereaux, T.P., Hussain, Z., Shen, Z.-X., 2007. Abrupt onset of a second energy gap at the superconducting transition of underdoped Bi2212. Nature 450, 81–84.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Jelaska, D., 2012. Gears and Gear Drives. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Gregerson, M.B. (Ed.), 2010. The Cinematic Mirror for Psychology and Life Coaching, 1st ed. Springer, New York, NY.
A chapter in an edited book
Beggs, E.J., Costa, J.F., Tucker, J.V., 2012. Unifying Science Through Computation: Reflections on Computability and Physics, in: Pombo, O., Torres, J.M., Symons, J., Rahman, S. (Eds.), Special Sciences and the Unity of Science. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp. 53–80.

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 Advances in Biological Regulation.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2015. Why The Cradle Of Humankind Is One Of The Most Precious Fossil Sites In The World [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1990. El Salvador: Pipeline of U.S. Aid as of August 1990 (No. NSIAD-90-285FS). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Ponder, K., 2017. Easing Stress by Helping Others: How Corporate Volunteer Programs Impact the Stress of Employees Within an Organization (Doctoral dissertation). Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL.

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., 2002. Transfer Finds Home At Manhattan College. New York Times 88.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Hollingsworth, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Gerszten and Wang, 2008; Hollingsworth, 2009).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Gerszten and Wang, 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Lee et al., 2007)

About the journal

Full journal titleAdvances in Biological Regulation
AbbreviationAdv. Biol. Regul.
ISSN (print)2212-4926
ScopeCancer Research
Molecular Biology
Molecular Medicine

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