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
Sommer, M.O.A., 2014. Microbiology: Barriers to the spread of resistance. Nature 509, 567–568.
A journal article with 2 authors
Johnston, M., Stormo, G.D., 2003. Evolution. Heirlooms in the attic. Science 302, 997–999.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wang, J., Hannon, G.J., Beach, D.H., 2000. Risky immortalization by telomerase. Nature 405, 755–756.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Seo, H.S., Yang, J.-Y., Ishikawa, M., Bolle, C., Ballesteros, M.L., Chua, N.-H., 2003. LAF1 ubiquitination by COP1 controls photomorphogenesis and is stimulated by SPA1. Nature 423, 995–999.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
McCurley, L., 2016. Professional Rope Access. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Taylor, E., McMillan, A. (Eds.), 2014. Air Quality Management: Canadian Perspectives on a Global Issue. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Gitlin, L.N., 2009. Environmental Adaptations for Older Adults and Their Families in the Home and Community, in: Söderback, I. (Ed.), International Handbook of Occupational Therapy Interventions. Springer, New York, NY, pp. 53–62.

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. Romanov Mystery: Can Digging Up 100-Year-Old Bodies Help Crack Unsolved Murders? [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, 1977. Impoundments of Funds of Energy Research and Development Administration and Department of Commerce (No. OGC-77-17). 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
Lin, L.-M., 2010. Transformation in Chinese Theatre Works’ the Legend of White Snake (Doctoral dissertation). University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD.

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
Vlasic, B., Chapman, M.M., 2015. New Math for Detroit. New York Times B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Sommer, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Johnston and Stormo, 2003; Sommer, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Johnston and Stormo, 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Seo 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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