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
V. Nutton, Portraits of science. Logic, learning, and experimental medicine, Science. 295 (2002) 800–801.
A journal article with 2 authors
V.A. Krasnopolsky, P.D. Feldman, Detection of molecular hydrogen in the atmosphere of Mars, Science. 294 (2001) 1914–1917.
A journal article with 3 authors
H.Z. Shen, W. Wang, X.X. Yi, Hall conductance and topological invariant for open systems, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 6455.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
X.-S. Ma, B. Dakić, S. Kropatschek, W. Naylor, Y.-H. Chan, Z.-X. Gong, L.-M. Duan, A. Zeilinger, P. Walther, Towards photonic quantum simulation of ground states of frustrated Heisenberg spin systems, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 3583.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
H.-J. Hübschmann, Handbook of GC-MS, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany, 2015.
An edited book
T.-H. Kim, D.-S. Ko, T. Vasilakos, A. Stoica, J. Abawajy, eds., Computer Applications for Communication, Networking, and Digital Contents: International Conferences, FGCN and DCA 2012, Held as Part of the Future Generation Information Technology Conference, FGIT 2012, Gangneug, Korea, December 16-19, 2012. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
S. Leue, M. Tabaei Befrouei, Counterexample Explanation by Anomaly Detection, in: A. Donaldson, D. Parker (Eds.), Model Checking Software: 19th International Workshop, SPIN 2012, Oxford, UK, July 23-24, 2012. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012: pp. 24–42.

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
E. Andrew, A Biologist’s St. Patrick’s Day Song, IFLScience. (2014).’s-st-patrick’s-day-song/ (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, Aviation Security: Improved Testing, Evaluation, and Performance Measurement Could Enhance Effectiveness, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2015.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
S. Neil, A turn from the worst: Leadership influences on the successful turnaround of a high-poverty school, Doctoral dissertation, Capella 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
S. Kishkovsky, Georgia: Ex-Minister Arrested After Assailing President, New York Times. (2007) A8.

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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