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
N. Savage, Electrochemistry: Liquid assets, Nature. 526 (2015) S98-9.
A journal article with 2 authors
A. Stolow, D.M. Jonas, Chemistry. Multidimensional snapshots of chemical dynamics, Science. 305 (2004) 1575–1577.
A journal article with 3 authors
D. Logoteta, G. Fiori, G. Iannaccone, Graphene-based lateral heterostructure transistors exhibit better intrinsic performance than graphene-based vertical transistors as post-CMOS devices, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 6607.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
E. Urich, C. Patsch, S. Aigner, M. Graf, R. Iacone, P.-O. Freskgård, Multicellular self-assembled spheroidal model of the blood brain barrier, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 1500.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
M. Fayngold, Special Relativity and Motions Faster than Light, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG, 2005.
An edited book
D. Fernández-Prieto, R. Sabia, eds., Remote Sensing Advances for Earth System Science: The ESA Changing Earth Science Network: Projects 2011-2013, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
J.D. Gatrell, G.D. Bierly, R.R. Jensen, Data and Methods in Spatial Science, in: G.D. Bierly, R.R. Jensen (Eds.), Research Design and Proposal Writing in Spatial Science: Second Edition, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2012: pp. 35–44.

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
E. Andrew, How Cancer Doctors Use Personalised Medicine To Target Variations Unique To Each Tumour, 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, Head Start Program, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1974.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
E.T. Cox, Prenatal cocaine: Effects on neonatal vocalizations, cue-induced maternal response, and brain development, Doctoral dissertation, University of North Carolina, 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
J. Leland, Dance Moves, Everywhere, New York Times. (2017) MB8.

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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