How to format your references using the Bioactive Materials citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Bioactive Materials. 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
H. Hoag, Gene therapy rising?, Nature. 435 (2005) 530–531.
A journal article with 2 authors
S.O. Rizzoli, W.J. Betz, The structural organization of the readily releasable pool of synaptic vesicles, Science. 303 (2004) 2037–2039.
A journal article with 3 authors
W. Lutz, R. Muttarak, E. Striessnig, Environment and development. Universal education is key to enhanced climate adaptation, Science. 346 (2014) 1061–1062.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
B. Di Ventura, C. Lemerle, K. Michalodimitrakis, L. Serrano, From in vivo to in silico biology and back, Nature. 443 (2006) 527–533.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J. Rodriguez, D. Bonne, Stereoselective Multiple Bond-Forming Transformations in Organic Synthesis, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ, 2015.
An edited book
V. Srinivas, Link Prediction in Social Networks: Role of Power Law Distribution, 1st ed. 2016, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
A. Smertenko, P. Bozhkov, The Life and Death Signalling Underlying Cell Fate Determination During Somatic Embryogenesis, in: P. Nick, Z. Opatrny (Eds.), Applied Plant Cell Biology: Cellular Tools and Approaches for Plant Biotechnology, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2014: pp. 131–178.

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 Bioactive Materials.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Five Years After The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Impacts On Gulf Communities And Seafood, 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, Review of Selected Aspects of the Bilingual Education Program, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1973.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
H.P. Meghani, Med-Equip Solutions LLC: A wheelchair distributor company business plan, 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
B. Kenigsberg, Daddy’s Dreams, Recast by His Girls, New York Times. (2016) C13.

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 titleBioactive Materials
AbbreviationBioact. Mater.
ISSN (print)2452-199X

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