How to format your references using the BBA Clinical citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for BBA Clinical. 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
Y. Quéré, Academies must engage with society, Nature. 465 (2010) 1009.
A journal article with 2 authors
C.A. Kidner, R.A. Martienssen, Spatially restricted microRNA directs leaf polarity through ARGONAUTE1, Nature. 428 (2004) 81–84.
A journal article with 3 authors
B.J. Murray, D.A. Knopf, A.K. Bertram, The formation of cubic ice under conditions relevant to Earth’s atmosphere, Nature. 434 (2005) 202–205.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
J.P. Home, D. Hanneke, J.D. Jost, J.M. Amini, D. Leibfried, D.J. Wineland, Complete methods set for scalable ion trap quantum information processing, Science. 325 (2009) 1227–1230.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J. Peat, E. Elliott, L. Baur, V. Keena, Scientific Writing Easy when you know how, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., London, WC, 2002.
An edited book
R. Siebold, D. Dejour, S. Zaffagnini, eds., Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A Practical Surgical Guide, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
X. Wang, L. Jiang, L. Thiele, Y. Wang, Secret Key Extraction with Quantization Randomness Using Hadamard Matrix on QuaDRiGa Channel, in: S. Qing, E. Okamoto, K. Kim, D. Liu (Eds.), Information and Communications Security: 17th International Conference, ICICS 2015, Beijing, China, December 9-11, 2015, Revised Selected Papers, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016: pp. 50–61.

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 Clinical.

Blog post
K. Hamilton, Plastic-Eating Mealworms Could Help Reduce Landfill Waste, 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, Safe and Drug-Free Schools: Balancing Accountability With State and Local Flexibility, 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
C.M. Rholdon, Analyzing Leadership Practices of Enrollment Management at Fletcher Technical Community College, Doctoral dissertation, Northcentral 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, An Announcement Hits the Right Note, New York Times. (2014) B21.

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 Clinical
AbbreviationBBA Clin.
ISSN (print)2214-6474
ScopeMolecular Medicine
Pathology and Forensic Medicine
Physiology (medical)

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