How to format your references using the BBA - Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for BBA - Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids. 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
P.A. Lawrence, Rank injustice, Nature. 415 (2002) 835–836.
A journal article with 2 authors
K. Bloom, A. Joglekar, Towards building a chromosome segregation machine, Nature. 463 (2010) 446–456.
A journal article with 3 authors
F.J. Jedema, A.T. Filip, B.J. Van Wees, Spintronics (Communication arising): Spin accumulation in mesoscopic systems, Nature. 416 (2002) 810.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
U.K. Krieger, T. Huthwelker, C. Daniel, U. Weers, T. Peter, W.A. Lanford, Rutherford backscattering to study the near-surface region of volatile liquids and solids, Science. 295 (2002) 1048–1050.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
P. Williams, Managing Measurement Risk in Building and Civil Engineering, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2015.
An edited book
F. Shull, J. Singer, D.I.K. Sjøberg, eds., Guide to Advanced Empirical Software Engineering, Springer, London, 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
A.F. Izmailov, M.V. Solodov, Constrained Optimization: Local Methods, in: M.V. Solodov (Ed.), Newton-Type Methods for Optimization and Variational Problems, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2014: pp. 205–303.

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 - Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids.

Blog post
J. Fang, Honeybee Brain Flies A Drone, IFLScience. (2015).


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: Preliminary Observations on TSA’s Progress and Challenges in Meeting the Statutory Mandate for Screening Air Cargo on Passenger Aircraft, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2009.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
R.A. Wilson, Spectroelectrochemical Sensing and Detection of Zinc in Serum by Anodic Stripping Voltammerty on a Bismuth Film Electrode, Doctoral dissertation, University of Cincinnati, 2011.

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. Kerry, What We Got Right, New York Times. (2017) A27.

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 - Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids
AbbreviationBiochim. Biophys. Acta Mol. Cell Biol. Lipids
ISSN (print)1388-1981
ScopeCell Biology
Molecular Biology

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