How to format your references using the Beni-Suef University Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Beni-Suef University Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences. 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
Mellars, P., 2006. A new radiocarbon revolution and the dispersal of modern humans in Eurasia. Nature 439, 931–935.
A journal article with 2 authors
Anderson, R.G.W., Jacobson, K., 2002. A role for lipid shells in targeting proteins to caveolae, rafts, and other lipid domains. Science 296, 1821–1825.
A journal article with 3 authors
Palm, N.W., Rosenstein, R.K., Medzhitov, R., 2012. Allergic host defences. Nature 484, 465–472.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Taipale, J., Cooper, M.K., Maiti, T., Beachy, P.A., 2002. Patched acts catalytically to suppress the activity of Smoothened. Nature 418, 892–897.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Knudsen, S., 2005. Cancer Diagnostics with DNA Microarrays. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Blackmon, S.H., Kim, M.P., Dickinson, K.J. (Eds.), 2015. Atlas of Esophageal Disease and Intervention: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Springer, New York, NY.
A chapter in an edited book
Kurtz, J., Wortman, B., 2014. Building the Environment and Creating the Source Tree, in: Wortman, B. (Ed.), ASP.NET Web API 2: Building a REST Service from Start to Finish. Apress, Berkeley, CA, pp. 31–47.

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 Beni-Suef University Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2015. Baby Sea Turtles Starved Of Oxygen By Beach Microbes [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1982. Methodology Transfer Paper 3 (No. 118985). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Lopez, D.E., 2009. Understanding and responding to culturally based spiritual phenomena among Latino clinicians (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Sisario, B., 2017. Lamar Debuts at No. 1. New York Times C3.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Mellars, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Anderson and Jacobson, 2002; Mellars, 2006).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Anderson and Jacobson, 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Taipale et al., 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleBeni-Suef University Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences
ISSN (print)2314-8535

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