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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Annual Review of Biophysics. 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
Misa TJ. 2011. Retrospective. Steven P. Jobs (1955-2011). Science. 334(6058):919
A journal article with 2 authors
Bjørnstad ON, Grenfell BT. 2001. Noisy clockwork: time series analysis of population fluctuations in animals. Science. 293(5530):638–43
A journal article with 3 authors
Shipley B, Vile D, Garnier E. 2006. From plant traits to plant communities: a statistical mechanistic approach to biodiversity. Science. 314(5800):812–14
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Choate KA, Lu Y, Zhou J, Choi M, Elias PM, et al. 2010. Mitotic recombination in patients with ichthyosis causes reversion of dominant mutations in KRT10. Science. 330(6000):94–97

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kent J. 2017. ADA in Details. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Lebow RN, ed. 2016. Richard Ned Lebow: Key Texts in Political Psychology and International Relations Theory, Vol. 4. Cham: Springer International Publishing. XIII, 159 p. 15 illus., 10 illus. in color p.
A chapter in an edited book
Shao L, Lu J, Shi M. 2012. Miscellaneous Analogs. In Chemical Transformations of Vinylidenecyclopropanes, ed J Lu, M Shi, pp. 55–67. 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 Biophysics.

Blog post
Hamilton K. 2016. Antimatter Breakthrough Sheds Light On Matter’s Shadowy Twin. 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. 2011. Intercity Passenger Rail: Recording Clearer Reasons for Awards Decisions Would Improve Otherwise Good Grantmaking Practices. GAO-11-283, 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
Parajuli B. 2014. Students’ Motivations towards Volunteerism: A Comparative Study of the United States and Nepal. Doctoral dissertation thesis. University of Louisiana

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
Crow K. 2000. A Decision on a Convicted Killer Looses a Rush of Musical Memories. New York Times, Oct. 8, p. 146

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (2).
This sentence cites two references (3, 4).
This sentence cites four references (3, 5, 7, 8).

About the journal

Full journal titleAnnual Review of Biophysics
AbbreviationAnnu. Rev. Biophys.
ISSN (print)1936-122X
ISSN (online)1936-1238
Cell Biology
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