How to format your references using the Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Archives of Biochemistry and 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
S.M. Wolfe, Medicine. Ephedra--scientific evidence versus money/politics, Science. 300 (2003) 437.
A journal article with 2 authors
R.G. Roberts, T. Sutikna, Michael John Morwood (1950-2013), Nature. 500 (2013) 401.
A journal article with 3 authors
P. Innocenti, E.H. Morrow, D.K. Dowling, Experimental evidence supports a sex-specific selective sieve in mitochondrial genome evolution, Science. 332 (2011) 845–848.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
L.R. Phillips, M. Milescu, Y. Li-Smerin, J.A. Mindell, J.I. Kim, K.J. Swartz, Voltage-sensor activation with a tarantula toxin as cargo, Nature. 436 (2005) 857–860.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
H. Kerzner, Project Management 2.0, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ, 2015.
An edited book
B. Jüttler, R. Piene, eds., Geometric Modeling and Algebraic Geometry, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
C. Carrascosa, A. Terrasa, A. García-Fornes, A. Espinosa, V. Botti, A Meta-Reasoning Model for Hard Real-Time Agents, in: R. Marín, E. Onaindía, A. Bugarín, J. Santos (Eds.), Current Topics in Artificial Intelligence: 11th Conference of the Spanish Association for Artificial Intelligence, CAEPIA 2005, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, November 16-18, 2005, Revised Selected Papers, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2006: pp. 42–51.

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 Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics.

Blog post
S. Luntz, A Girl Left Her Contacts In For 6 Months And Amoebas Ate Her Eyeballs, IFLScience. (2014). (accessed October 30, 2018).


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, Year 2000 Computing Crisis: Federal Reserve Has Established Effective Year 2000 Management Controls for Internal Systems Conversion, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1999.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
M. Roberts, Use of Stay Interviews as a Retention Tool for Key Talent, Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine University, 2017.

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
G. Vecsey, Decade Later, Waltrip Deals With a Crash At Daytona, New York Times. (2011) B13.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

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 titleArchives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
AbbreviationArch. Biochem. Biophys.
ISSN (print)0003-9861
Molecular Biology

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