How to format your references using the BBA - Biomembranes citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for BBA - Biomembranes. 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
M. Kemp, Science in culture: peas without pictures--Gregor Mendel and the mathematical birth of modern genetics, Nature. 417 (2002) 490.
A journal article with 2 authors
M. Kohno, Y. Koizumi, Tokaimura accident. Neutron dose estimates from 5-yen coins, Nature. 406 (2000) 693.
A journal article with 3 authors
S. Gandy, J. Naslund, C. Nordstedt, Alzheimer’s disease. Molecular consequences of presenilin-1 mutation, Nature. 411 (2001) 654–656.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
F. Coquel, M.-J. Silva, H. Técher, K. Zadorozhny, S. Sharma, J. Nieminuszczy, C. Mettling, E. Dardillac, A. Barthe, A.-L. Schmitz, A. Promonet, A. Cribier, A. Sarrazin, W. Niedzwiedz, B. Lopez, V. Costanzo, L. Krejci, A. Chabes, M. Benkirane, Y.-L. Lin, P. Pasero, SAMHD1 acts at stalled replication forks to prevent interferon induction, Nature. 557 (2018) 57–61.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R. Neupert, French Animation History, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK, 2011.
An edited book
I.W. Fong, K. Alibek, eds., Bioterrorism and Infectious Agents: A New Dilemma for the 21st Century, Springer, New York, NY, 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
J.A. Burns, Laser Applications for Nonmalignant Conditions of the Larynx, in: B.J.-F. Wong, J. Ilgner (Eds.), Biomedical Optics in Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery, Springer, New York, NY, 2016: pp. 67–78.

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 BBA - Biomembranes.

Blog post
A. Carpineti, Chaotic Orbit Of Halley’s Comet Explained, IFLScience. (2016). (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, Air Traffic Control: Immature Software Acquisition Processes Increase FAA System Acquisition Risks, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1997.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
D.C. French, A Case against E-Waste: Where One Country’s Trash is (Not) Another Country’s Treasure: Developing National E-Waste Legislation to Regulate E-Waste Exportation, 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
B. Kenigsberg, Nakom, New York Times. (2017) C11.

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 titleBBA - Biomembranes
AbbreviationBiochim. Biophys. Acta Biomembr.
ISSN (print)0005-2736
Cell Biology

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