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
Ohnaka M. 2004. Geophysics. Rupture in the laboratory. Science. 303(5665):1788–89
A journal article with 2 authors
Greig D, Travisano M. 2003. Evolution. Haploid superiority. Science. 299(5606):524–25
A journal article with 3 authors
Gächter S, Renner E, Sefton M. 2008. The long-run benefits of punishment. Science. 322(5907):1510
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Wu GD, Chen J, Hoffmann C, Bittinger K, Chen Y-Y, et al. 2011. Linking long-term dietary patterns with gut microbial enterotypes. Science. 334(6052):105–8

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bauer E. 2010. Design for Reliability. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Bailly C. 2015. Turbulence. Cham: Springer International Publishing. XX, 360 p. 147 illus., 3 illus. in color p.
A chapter in an edited book
Tomczak A, Koropacka K, Smant G, Goverse A, Bakker E. 2009. Resistant Plant Responses. In Cell Biology of Plant Nematode Parasitism, ed RH Berg, CG Taylor, pp. 83–113. 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 Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Blog post
Andrew E. 2015. Hepatitis C: Behind New Wonder Drugs Lies A Terrible Dilemma. 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. 1988. Toward Equality: Education of the Deaf. 135760, 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
Ramakrishnan L. 2009. Multi-level adaptation for performability in dynamic web service workflows. Doctoral dissertation thesis. Indiana 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
de la MERCED MJ. 2017. Northrop Grumman to Buy Orbital ATK for $7.8 Billion. New York Times, Sep. 18, p. B4

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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