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
Kaiser, R., 2006. Flowers and fungi use scents to mimic each other. Science 311, 806–807.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hoshi, T., Lahiri, S., 2004. Cell biology. Oxygen sensing: it’s a gas! Science 306, 2050–2051.
A journal article with 3 authors
Colley, D.G., LoVerde, P.T., Savioli, L., 2001. Infectious disease. Medical helminthology in the 21st century. Science 293, 1437–1438.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Kimoto, K., Asaka, T., Nagai, T., Saito, M., Matsui, Y., Ishizuka, K., 2007. Element-selective imaging of atomic columns in a crystal using STEM and EELS. Nature 450, 702–704.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Vander Vorst, A., Rosen, A., Kotsuka, Y., 2005. RF/Microwave Interaction with Biological Tissues. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
López-Cajún, C., Ceccarelli, M. (Eds.), 2016. Explorations in the History of Machines and Mechanisms: Proceedings of the Fifth IFToMM Symposium on the History of Machines and Mechanisms, History of Mechanism and Machine Science. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Vleju, M.B., 2012. A Client-Centric ASM-Based Approach to Identity Management in Cloud Computing, in: Castano, S., Vassiliadis, P., Lakshmanan, L.V., Lee, M.L. (Eds.), Advances in Conceptual Modeling: ER 2012 Workshops CMS, ECDM-NoCoDA, MoDIC, MORE-BI, RIGiM, SeCoGIS, WISM, Florence, Italy, October 15-18, 2012. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 34–43.

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
Luntz, S., 2016. Stars Are Dying Puzzlingly Young [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, 1995. Aviation Security: FAA Can Help Ensure That Airports’ Access Control Systems Are Cost-Effective (No. RCED-95-25). 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
Valenzuela, J., 2014. Medicare advantage’s population make-up and its impact on the future of Medicare financing (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Von Aue, M., 2017. A Radical Redo for ‘Madama Butterfly.’ New York Times C2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kaiser, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Hoshi and Lahiri, 2004; Kaiser, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Hoshi and Lahiri, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Kimoto 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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