How to format your references using the BBA - Molecular Basis of Disease citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for BBA - Molecular Basis of Disease. 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
D. Hilton, Donald Metcalf (1929-2014), Nature. 517 (2015) 554.
A journal article with 2 authors
B.P. Allmann, P.M. Shearer, A high-frequency secondary event during the 2004 Parkfield earthquake, Science. 318 (2007) 1279–1283.
A journal article with 3 authors
T. Ohde, T. Yaginuma, T. Niimi, Insect morphological diversification through the modification of wing serial homologs, Science. 340 (2013) 495–498.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
S.A. Diddams, J.C. Bergquist, S.R. Jefferts, C.W. Oates, Standards of time and frequency at the outset of the 21st century, Science. 306 (2004) 1318–1324.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
P. Marti, Baustatik, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH, D-69451 Weinheim, Germany, 2014.
An edited book
R. Loeber, Young Homicide Offenders and Victims: Risk Factors, Prediction, and Prevention from Childhood, Springer US, Boston, MA, 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
L. Zhao, F. Bahaa, M. Wilkins, Tetrahydrobiopterin And Pulmonary Hypertension, in: A. Aldashev, R. Naeije (Eds.), Problems of High Altitude Medicine and Biology, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2007: pp. 69–86.

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 Basis of Disease.

Blog post
J. Davis, Scientists Plan To Drill Into Earthquake Fault Line From The Bottom Of A Gold Mine, IFLScience. (2017). (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, Pell Grant Costs, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1994.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
K.K. Singh, An 8-PSK receiver using LNA & SRO: Design and mathematical analysis, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 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
G. Vecsey, Wilpons First Need To Replace Mind-Set, New York Times. (2010) B11.

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 Basis of Disease
AbbreviationBiochim. Biophys. Acta Mol. Basis Dis.
ISSN (print)0925-4439
ScopeMolecular Biology
Molecular Medicine

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