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
A. Abbott, Art imitating high-energy physics, Nature. 404 (2000) 219.
A journal article with 2 authors
B.A. Buffett, H.R. Wenk, Texturing of the Earth’s inner core by Maxwell stresses, Nature. 413 (2001) 60–63.
A journal article with 3 authors
R.E. Larsen, W.J. Glover, B.J. Schwartz, Does the hydrated electron occupy a cavity?, Science. 329 (2010) 65–69.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
T. Hatziioannou, M. Princiotta, M. Piatak Jr, F. Yuan, F. Zhang, J.D. Lifson, P.D. Bieniasz, Generation of simian-tropic HIV-1 by restriction factor evasion, Science. 314 (2006) 95.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R. Shanmugam, R. Chattamvelli, Statistics for Scientists and Engineers, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ, 2015.
An edited book
S. Chen, Y.F. Li, J. Zhang, W. Wang, eds., Active Sensor Planning for Multiview Vision Tasks, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
A.S. Cristino, R.F.S. Andrade, L. da Fontoura Costa, Detecting and Characterizing the Modular Structure of the Yeast Transcription Network, in: S. Fortunato, G. Mangioni, R. Menezes, V. Nicosia (Eds.), Complex Networks: Results of the 2009 International Workshop on Complex Networks (CompleNet 2009), Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2009: pp. 35–46.

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
D. Andrew, What Happens When You Add A Drop Of Liquid Nitrogen To Gasoline?, 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, NASA’s Clipperton Project, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1996.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
A.G. Gilmore, Quantification of oxidative reaction efficiencies for hydroxyl radical oxidized antibiotics, 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
J. Kanter, A. Tsang, Intel Fine In Europe Gets Review, New York Times. (2017) B1.

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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