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
S.C. Wofsy, Climate change. Where has all the carbon gone?, Science. 292 (2001) 2261–2263.
A journal article with 2 authors
G.N. Phillips, K.A. Evans, Role of CO2 in the formation of gold deposits, Nature. 429 (2004) 860–863.
A journal article with 3 authors
J. Luo, L. Shen, D. Zheng, Diagnostic value of circulating free DNA for the detection of EGFR mutation status in NSCLC: a systematic review and meta-analysis, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 6269.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
G. Wu, M. Takahashi, K. Arai, H. Inaba, K. Minoshima, Extremely high-accuracy correction of air refractive index using two-colour optical frequency combs, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 1894.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
D.W. Scott, Color Atlas of Farm Animal Dermatology, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK, 2008.
An edited book
N.J. Daras, ed., Applications of Mathematics and Informatics in Science and Engineering, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
T. Asano, D. Kirkpatrick, K. Nakagawa, O. Watanabe, $\widetilde{O}(\sqrt{n})$ -Space and Polynomial-Time Algorithm for Planar Directed Graph Reachability, in: E. Csuhaj-Varjú, M. Dietzfelbinger, Z. Ésik (Eds.), Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science 2014: 39th International Symposium, MFCS 2014, Budapest, Hungary, August 25-29, 2014. Proceedings, Part II, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2014: pp. 45–56.

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
J. O`Callaghan, NASA Releases Stunning New Photos Of Mysterious Bright Spots On Ceres, 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, Telecommunications: FCC Should Improve the Accountability and Transparency of High-Cost Program Funding, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2014.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
J.D. Foley, Comparing Kac-Moody groups over the complex numbers and fields of positive characteristic via homotopy theory, Doctoral dissertation, University of California San Diego, 2012.

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
S. Dominus, Make ‘Em Laugh, New York Times. (2016) MM38.

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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