How to format your references using the BBA - Reviews on Cancer citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for BBA - Reviews on Cancer. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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.L. O’Brien, Physics. Precision without entanglement, Science. 318 (2007) 1393–1394.
A journal article with 2 authors
Q. Liu, Z. Paroo, Molecular biology. Dicer’s cut and switch, Science. 328 (2010) 314–315.
A journal article with 3 authors
G.B. West, J.H. Brown, B.J. Enquist, A general model for ontogenetic growth, Nature. 413 (2001) 628–631.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Z.-Z. Li, C.-H. Lam, T. Yu, J.Q. You, Detector-induced backaction on the counting statistics of a double quantum dot, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 3026.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
G. Thornicroft, M. Semrau, A. Alem, R.E. Drake, H. Ito, J. Mari, P. McGeorge, R. Thara, Community Mental Health, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2011.
An edited book
C.D. Liapis, K. Balzer, F. Benedetti-Valentini, J. Fernandes e Fernandes, eds., Vascular Surgery, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2007.
A chapter in an edited book
R. Radebaugh, Microscale Heat Transfer at Low Temperatures, in: S. Kakaç, L.L. Vasiliev, Y. Bayazitoğlu, Y. Yener (Eds.), Microscale Heat Transfer Fundamentals and Applications: Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Study Institute on Microscale Heat Transfer — Fundamentals and Applications in Biological and Microelectromechanical Systems Cesme-Izmir, Turkey 18–30 July 2004, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2005: pp. 93–124.

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 - Reviews on Cancer.

Blog post
E. Andrew, The Rise Of Cognitive Enhancers Is A Mass Social Experiment, 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, Freight Rail Pricing: Contracts Provide Shippers and Railroads Flexibility, but High Rates Concern Some Shippers, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2016.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
K. Escobedo, Sana Mente Center, 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
L. Saslow, The Power of the Adolescent Pen, New York Times. (2006) 14LI8.

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 - Reviews on Cancer
AbbreviationBiochim. Biophys. Acta Rev. Cancer
ISSN (print)0304-419X
ScopeCancer Research

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