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
A. Sánchez-Lavega, How long is the day on Saturn?, Science. 307 (2005) 1223–1224.
A journal article with 2 authors
C.R. Cowan, A.A. Hyman, Centrosomes direct cell polarity independently of microtubule assembly in C. elegans embryos, Nature. 431 (2004) 92–96.
A journal article with 3 authors
B.A. Bernevig, T.L. Hughes, S.-C. Zhang, Quantum spin Hall effect and topological phase transition in HgTe quantum wells, Science. 314 (2006) 1757–1761.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
S. Leutgeb, J.K. Leutgeb, A. Treves, M.-B. Moser, E.I. Moser, Distinct ensemble codes in hippocampal areas CA3 and CA1, Science. 305 (2004) 1295–1298.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J.D. Popkin, A Concise History of the Haitian Revolution, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK, 2011.
An edited book
B. Rai, Evidence-Based Forensic Dentistry, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
M.H. Beaudry, Corporate Security: A Supply Chain Program, in: A.R. Thomas, S. Vaduva (Eds.), Global Supply Chain Security: Emerging Topics in Research, Practice and Policy, Springer, New York, NY, 2015: pp. 55–67.

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
T. Hale, The Taurid Meteor Shower Will Be Putting On A “Once In A Decade” Show This November - Here’s How To Watch, 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, Truck Safety: Share the Road Safely Pilot Initiative Showed Promise, but the Program’s Future Success Is Uncertain, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2006.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
K. Glazer, Imagining a constructionist game-based pedagogical model: Using tabletop role-playing game creation to enhance literature education in high school English classes, Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine University, 2015.

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
M. Latimer, How to Get Trump to Withdraw, New York Times. (2016) A23.

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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