How to format your references using the BBA - Gene Regulatory Mechanisms citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for BBA - Gene Regulatory Mechanisms. 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
L. Padyukov, Journal club. A human geneticist explores genetic diversity in Asia, Nature. 464 (2010) 653.
A journal article with 2 authors
H.K. Schachman, M. Cassman, Retrospective. Ruth L. Kirschstein (1926-2009), Science. 326 (2009) 947.
A journal article with 3 authors
Q.P. Unterreithmeier, E.M. Weig, J.P. Kotthaus, Universal transduction scheme for nanomechanical systems based on dielectric forces, Nature. 458 (2009) 1001–1004.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
M.C. Horner-Devine, M. Lage, J.B. Hughes, B.J.M. Bohannan, A taxa-area relationship for bacteria, Nature. 432 (2004) 750–753.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
B.C. Dimond, Legal Aspects of Radiography and Radiology, Blackwell Science Ltd, Oxford, UK, 2008.
An edited book
W. Ng, V.C. Storey, J.C. Trujillo, eds., Conceptual Modeling: 32th International Conference, ER 2013, Hong-Kong, China, November 11-13, 2013. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
Y. Lee, W. Youn, J. Lim, Y. Nam, Y. Kwak, OpenTide China’s Pricing Decision-Making Support System 2.0 for Digital Industry in China, in: D. Ślęzak, T.-H. Kim, J. Ma, W.-C. Fang, F.E. Sandnes, B.-H. Kang, B. Gu (Eds.), U- and E-Service, Science and Technology: International Conference, UNESST 2009, Held as Part of the Future Generation Information Technology Conference, FGIT 2009, Jeju Island, Korea, December 10-12, 2009. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2009: pp. 25–32.

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 - Gene Regulatory Mechanisms.

Blog post
R. Andrews, US To Lift Ban On Creating Human-Animal Hybrids For Medical Research, 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, [Comments on Proposed FAR Changes], U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1985.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
L. Bui, Mind Over Matter Telepsychiatry, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2017.

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
D.A. Kelly, 36 Hours | Saratoga, N.Y, New York Times. (2002) F6.

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 - Gene Regulatory Mechanisms
AbbreviationBiochim. Biophys. Acta Gene Regul. Mech.
ISSN (print)1874-9399
Molecular Biology
Structural Biology

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