How to format your references using the BBA - Proteins and Proteomics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for BBA - Proteins and Proteomics. 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
H. Nicholls, Darwin 200: A flight of fancy, Nature. 457 (2009) 790–791.
A journal article with 2 authors
P.G. Falkowski, C.S. Davis, Natural proportions, Nature. 431 (2004) 131.
A journal article with 3 authors
N.I. Storch, K.R. Anderson, D. Lai, Chaotic dynamics of stellar spin in binaries and the production of misaligned hot Jupiters, Science. 345 (2014) 1317–1321.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
J. Zhao, S.H. Lee, M. Huss, P. Holme, The network organization of cancer-associated protein complexes in human tissues, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 1583.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
W.R. Cohen, E.A. Friedman, Labor and Delivery Care, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK, 2011.
An edited book
R. Lee, ed., Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Networking and Parallel/Distributed Computing, Springer International Publishing, Heidelberg, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
H.Y.K. Lau, E.Y.C. Wong, An AIS-Based Dynamic Routing (AISDR) Framework, in: C. Jacob, M.L. Pilat, P.J. Bentley, J.I. Timmis (Eds.), Artificial Immune Systems: 4th International Conference, ICARIS 2005, Banff, Alberta, Canada, August 14-17, 2005. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2005: pp. 56–71.

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 - Proteins and Proteomics.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Why We Need A Legal Definition Of Artificial Intelligence, 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, High-Definition Television: Applications for This New Technology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1989.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
P.N. Shendge, Improvement in Estimation of Carrier Frequency Offset in Wireless Networks, 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
E. St. John Kelly, PLAYING IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, New York Times. (1994) 148.

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 - Proteins and Proteomics
AbbreviationBiochim. Biophys. Acta Proteins Proteom.
ISSN (print)1570-9639
Molecular Biology
Analytical Chemistry

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