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
Markham, J., 2014. Rare species occupy uncommon niches. Sci. Rep. 4, 6012.
A journal article with 2 authors
Knouse, K.A., Amon, A., 2015. Cell biology: the micronucleus gets its big break. Nature 522, 162–163.
A journal article with 3 authors
Stern, P., Hines, P.J., Travis, J., 2014. The aging brain. Introduction. Science 346, 566–567.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Schulz, M., Moshammer, R., Fischer, D., Kollmus, H., Madison, D.H., Jones, S., Ullrich, J., 2003. Three-dimensional imaging of atomic four-body processes. Nature 422, 48–50.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sengupta, D.L., Liepa, V.V., 2005. Applied Electromagnetics and Electromagnetic Compatibility. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Ugai, K., Yagi, H., Wakai, A. (Eds.), 2013. Earthquake-Induced Landslides: Proceedings of the International Symposium on Earthquake-Induced Landslides, Kiryu, Japan, 2012. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Douiri, M.R., Cherkaoui, M., 2013. Rotor Time Constant Identification Approaches Based on Back-Propagation Neural Network for Indirect Vector Controlled Induction Machine, in: Papasratorn, B., Charoenkitkarn, N., Vanijja, V., Chongsuphajaisiddhi, V. (Eds.), Advances in Information Technology: 6th International Conference, IAIT 2013, Bangkok, Thailand, December 12-13, 2013. Proceedings, Communications in Computer and Information Science. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 47–57.

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
Davis, J., 2017. Great Barrier Reef Is Facing Its Second Bleaching Event In Two Years [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, 2009. Counterdrug Technology Assessment Center: Clarifying Rationale for the Research and Development Funding Decisions Would Increase Accountability (No. GAO-09-339R). 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
Jenkins, A.K., 2008. Satisfaction and organizational commitment of civilian engineers and scientists in United States naval acquisition (Doctoral dissertation). University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ.

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
Schmidt, M.S., Haberman, M., 2017. Letter By Trump On Comey Ouster Informs Inquiry. New York Times A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Markham, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Knouse and Amon, 2015; Markham, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Knouse and Amon, 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Schulz et al., 2003)

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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