How to format your references using the Biochemical Engineering Journal citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Biochemical Engineering Journal. 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
J. Wright, Genetics: Unravelling complexity, Nature. 508 (2014) S6-7.
A journal article with 2 authors
M.E.J. Woolhouse, M.J. Ward, Microbiology. Sources of antimicrobial resistance, Science. 341 (2013) 1460–1461.
A journal article with 3 authors
H. Scholz, M. Franz, U. Heberlein, The hangover gene defines a stress pathway required for ethanol tolerance development, Nature. 436 (2005) 845–847.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
P. Ahlberg, K. Trinajstic, Z. Johanson, J. Long, Pelvic claspers confirm chondrichthyan-like internal fertilization in arthrodires, Nature. 460 (2009) 888–889.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R.L. Baber, The Language of Mathematics, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2011.
An edited book
A. Winter, Health Information Systems: Architectures and Strategies, Second Edition, Springer, London, 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
B. Anderson, Estimating Small-Area Income Deprivation: An Iterative Proportional Fitting Approach, in: R. Tanton, K. Edwards (Eds.), Spatial Microsimulation: A Reference Guide for Users, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2013: pp. 49–67.

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 Biochemical Engineering Journal.

Blog post
B. Taub, Teenage Marijuana-Related Problems Down Since Decriminalization, IFLScience. (2016).


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, Data on the Office of Education’s Use of Funds for Conferences, Seminars, and Training Sessions, and Consultants, Experts, and Consulting Organizations in Lieu of Federal Employees, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1975.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
K.M. Gillaspy, Words of Samsara, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 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.K. (nyt), World Briefing | Europe: Estonia: New Prime Minister, New York Times. (2002) A7.

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 titleBiochemical Engineering Journal
AbbreviationBiochem. Eng. J.
ISSN (print)1369-703X
Biomedical Engineering
Environmental Engineering

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