How to format your references using the Annual Review of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Annual Review of Chemical and Biomolecular 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
McCave IN. 2002. Paleoclimate. A poisoned chalice? Science. 298(5596):1186–87
A journal article with 2 authors
Sylwestrak EL, Ghosh A. 2012. Elfn1 regulates target-specific release probability at CA1-interneuron synapses. Science. 338(6106):536–40
A journal article with 3 authors
Rakitzis TP, van den Brom AJ, Janssen MHM. 2004. Directional dynamics in the photodissociation of oriented molecules. Science. 303(5665):1852–54
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Nakatsuji S, Nambu Y, Tonomura H, Sakai O, Jonas S, et al. 2005. Spin disorder on a triangular lattice. Science. 309(5741):1697–1700

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Matte GS. 2015. Perfusion for Congenital Heart Surgery. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc
An edited book
Park JJ, Jin H, Liao X, Zheng R, eds. 2011. Proceedings of the International Conference on Human-centric Computing 2011 and Embedded and Multimedia Computing 2011: HumanCom & EMC 2011, Vol. 102. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands. XXV, 631 p p.
A chapter in an edited book
Philpott A, Dallagi A, Gallet E. 2013. On Cutting Plane Algorithms and Dynamic Programming for Hydroelectricity Generation. In Handbook of Risk Management in Energy Production and Trading, ed RM Kovacevic, GC Pflug, MT Vespucci, pp. 105–27. Boston, MA: Springer US

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 Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Blog post
Andrew E. 2014. “Hobbit” more likely had Down Syndrome than a new species. 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. 1986. Implementation of the Small Business Innovation Development Act of 1982. 130406, 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
Unison-Pace WJ. 2015. Investigating generational differences of perceived uncivilized behaviors between students and faculty in nursing education. Doctoral dissertation thesis. Capella 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
Greenhouse L. 2008. Justices, in Bias Case, Rule for Older Workers. New York Times, June 20, p. A15

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 Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
AbbreviationAnnu. Rev. Chem. Biomol. Eng.
ISSN (print)1947-5438
ISSN (online)1947-5446
ScopeGeneral Chemical Engineering
General Chemistry
Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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