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
E. Marshall, A sinister plot or victim of politics?, Science. 289 (2000) 571.
A journal article with 2 authors
M.L. Stitzel, G. Seydoux, Regulation of the oocyte-to-zygote transition, Science. 316 (2007) 407–408.
A journal article with 3 authors
J. Zhao, S. Benlekbir, J.L. Rubinstein, Electron cryomicroscopy observation of rotational states in a eukaryotic V-ATPase, Nature. 521 (2015) 241–245.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
D. Apai, I. Pascucci, J. Bouwman, A. Natta, T. Henning, C.P. Dullemond, The onset of planet formation in brown dwarf disks, Science. 310 (2005) 834–836.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R. Schwartz, Rethinking Pragmatism, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK, 2012.
An edited book
P. Liljedahl, Problem Solving in Mathematics Education, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
P. Ostalczyk, Linearization of the Non-linear Time-Variant Fractional-Order Difference Equation, in: S. Domek, P. Dworak (Eds.), Theoretical Developments and Applications of Non-Integer Order Systems: 7th Conference on Non-Integer Order Calculus and Its Applications, Szczecin, Poland, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016: pp. 41–55.

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
A. Carpineti, Astronomers Have Found The Roundest Object In The Universe, IFLScience. (2016).


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, Data Center Consolidation: Agencies Making Progress on Efforts, but Inventories and Plans Need to Be Completed, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2012.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
K.R. Arendt, Symbiosis establishment and ecological effects of endohyphal bacteria on foliar fungi, Doctoral dissertation, University of Arizona, 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, A Run to Twilight at the Millrose Games, New York Times. (2010) B18.

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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