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
J. Knight, Meet the Herod bug, Nature. 412 (2001) 12–14.
A journal article with 2 authors
S. Apesteguía, F.E. Novas, Large Cretaceous sphenodontian from Patagonia provides insight into lepidosaur evolution in Gondwana, Nature. 425 (2003) 609–612.
A journal article with 3 authors
R.B. Alley, M. Fahnestock, I. Joughin, Climate change. Understanding glacier flow in changing times, Science. 322 (2008) 1061–1062.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
S. Noggle, H.-L. Fung, A. Gore, H. Martinez, K.C. Satriani, R. Prosser, K. Oum, D. Paull, S. Druckenmiller, M. Freeby, E. Greenberg, K. Zhang, R. Goland, M.V. Sauer, R.L. Leibel, D. Egli, Human oocytes reprogram somatic cells to a pluripotent state, Nature. 478 (2011) 70–75.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R.G. Griskey, Transport Phenomena and Unit Operations, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2005.
An edited book
F.F. Faletra, Atlas of Real Time 3D Transesophageal Echocardiography, Springer, London, 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
E. Correa, “Out of Order!” Exposure, Experience, E-Learning, and Evaluation: An Interdisciplinary Studies Approach @ Service Learning, in: R.D. Lansiquot (Ed.), Technology, Theory, and Practice in Interdisciplinary STEM Programs: Connecting STEM and Non-STEM Approaches, Palgrave Macmillan US, New York, NY, 2016: pp. 83–106.

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, The Sky Is Alive With The Sound Of Stars, 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, Cooperative Research: Results of U.S.-Industry Partnership to Develop a New Generation of Vehicles, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2000.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
M. Kurum, L-band estimation of forest canopy attenuation by a time-domain analysis of radar backscatter response, Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, 2009.

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.C. McKINLEY Jr, 24 Years Later, DNA Leads To Arrest in Attack on Girl, New York Times. (2017) A29.

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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