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
H. Gavaghan, Biology moves into the silicon stage, Nature. 409 (2001) 964.
A journal article with 2 authors
R. Ford, E.H. Spafford, Computer science. Happy birthday, dear viruses, Science. 317 (2007) 210–211.
A journal article with 3 authors
L. Le Mée, J. Girardeau, C. Monnier, Mantle segmentation along the Oman ophiolite fossil mid-ocean ridge, Nature. 432 (2004) 167–172.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
S. Ramachandran, D.A. Cohen, A.P. Quist, R. Lal, High performance, LED powered, waveguide based total internal reflection microscopy, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 2133.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
B. Laster, Professional Git®, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Indianapolis, IN, USA, 2016.
An edited book
A. Schwarz, J. Janicka, eds., Combustion Noise, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
M.F. Janowitz, Sara Roelofse, Matron of New Amsterdam, in: M.F. Janowitz, D. Dallal (Eds.), Tales of Gotham, Historical Archaeology, Ethnohistory and Microhistory of New York City, Springer, New York, NY, 2013: pp. 65–88.

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
E. Andrew, What Would Europe Look Like If All The Ice On Earth Melted?, IFLScience. (2015). (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, Guaranteed Student Loans: Better Criteria Needed for Financing Guarantee Agencies, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1986.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
M. Pobat, It is all in the Mind of the Manager—Using Cognitive Complexity to Explore the Global Mindset—A Comparative Case Study, Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, 2012.

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, Athlete-Fan Dialogue Becomes Shouting Match, New York Times. (2011) SP9.

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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