How to format your references using the BBA - Molecular Cell Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for BBA - Molecular Cell Research. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Q. Schiermeier, Imported stem cells deepen Germany’s ethical divide, Nature. 412 (2001) 4.
A journal article with 2 authors
S.P. Stagon, H. Huang, Airtight metallic sealing at room temperature under small mechanical pressure, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 3066.
A journal article with 3 authors
M. Mendoza, H.J. Herrmann, S. Succi, Hydrodynamic model for conductivity in graphene, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 1052.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
M. Schuerch, T. Spencer, S. Temmerman, M.L. Kirwan, C. Wolff, D. Lincke, C.J. McOwen, M.D. Pickering, R. Reef, A.T. Vafeidis, J. Hinkel, R.J. Nicholls, S. Brown, Future response of global coastal wetlands to sea-level rise, Nature. 561 (2018) 231–234.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R. Westermeier, Electrophoresis in Practice, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG, 2004.
An edited book
P. Hliněný, A. Kučera, eds., Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science 2010: 35th International Symposium, MFCS 2010, Brno, Czech Republic, August 23-27, 2010. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
C. Forlini, A. Bratu, M. Forlini, P. Rossini, Current Concepts and Management of Severely Traumatized Tissues in the Inner Coatings (The Anterior Segment: Anterior Chamber Structures, the Iris and the Lens) of the Globe: Mechanical Injuries, in: G. Sobacı (Ed.), Current Concepts and Management of Eye Injuries, Springer, London, 2016: pp. 41–64.

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 Cell Research.

Blog post
S. Luntz, NASA’s Kepler Mission Announced 715 New Exoplanets, IFLScience. (2014). (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, Financial Management Systems: HHS Faces Many Challenges in Implementing Its Unified Financial Management System, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2004.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
C.M. Haradon, The ecological context of the Acheulean to Middle Stone Age transition in Africa, Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, 2010.

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
W. Hu, N. Remnick, Grieving Family Worries, Wondering How a Bronx Man Got Legionnaires’, New York Times. (2015) A22.

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 Cell Research
AbbreviationBiochim. Biophys. Acta Mol. Cell Res.
ISSN (print)0167-4889
ScopeCell Biology
Molecular Biology

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