How to format your references using the Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering. 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
Rubinsztein DC. 2015. Cell biology: Receptors for selective recycling. Nature. 522(7556):291–92
A journal article with 2 authors
Zhou Z, Zhang F. 2002. A long-tailed, seed-eating bird from the Early Cretaceous of China. Nature. 418(6896):405–9
A journal article with 3 authors
Huey DJ, Hu JC, Athanasiou KA. 2012. Unlike bone, cartilage regeneration remains elusive. Science. 338(6109):917–21
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Lan H, Chen H, Chen L-C, Wang B-B, Sun L, et al. 2014. The first report of a Pelecaniformes defensin cluster: characterization of β-defensin genes in the crested ibis based on BAC libraries. Sci. Rep. 4:6923

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Meinert CL. 2012. Clinical Trials Handbook. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Härdle W. 2007. Multivariate Statistics: Exercises and Solutions. New York, NY: Springer. XIII, 368 p pp.
A chapter in an edited book
Yajima J, Sasaki Y, Naito Y, Iwasaki T, Shimoyama T, et al. 2007. A New Strategy for Finding a Differential Path of SHA-1. In Information Security and Privacy: 12th Australasian Conference, ACISP 2007, Townsville, Australia, July 2-4, 2007. Proceedings, ed J Pieprzyk, H Ghodosi, E Dawson, pp. 45–58. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer

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 Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering.

Blog post
Andrew E. 2015. Scientists Have Genetically Engineered Dogs To Make Them More Muscly. IFLScience.


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. 1980. The Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975. 113316, 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
Clyde KM. 2012. Instructors’ Perceptions of the National Association of Schools of Music Influence on the Development of Undergraduate Applied Percussion Curricula. Doctoral dissertation thesis. Northcentral University

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
Dynarski S. 2014. Finding Shock Absorbers for Student Debt. New York Times, June 14, p. BU8

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in parentheses:

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 titleAnnual Review of Biomedical Engineering
AbbreviationAnnu. Rev. Biomed. Eng.
ISSN (print)1523-9829
ISSN (online)1545-4274
ScopeBiomedical Engineering
Medicine (miscellaneous)

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