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
P.M. Lieberman, Virology. Epstein-Barr virus turns 50, Science. 343 (2014) 1323–1325.
A journal article with 2 authors
B. Haran, M. Poliakoff, SPORE series winner. The periodic table of videos, Science. 332 (2011) 1046–1047.
A journal article with 3 authors
A.C. Mason, M.L. Oshinsky, R.R. Hoy, Hyperacute directional hearing in a microscale auditory system, Nature. 410 (2001) 686–690.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
T. Liu, X. Liu, D.R. Spring, X. Qian, J. Cui, Z. Xu, Quantitatively mapping cellular viscosity with detailed organelle information via a designed PET fluorescent probe, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 5418.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
T.C. Jepsen, Distributed Storage Networks, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, West Sussex, England, 2003.
An edited book
J. Straus, ed., The Role of Law and Ethics in the Globalized Economy, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
T. Bergqvist, The Everyday Life of Young Long-Term Unemployed in Sweden: Coping with Limited Participation and Feelings of Inferiority, in: C. Lahusen, M. Giugni (Eds.), Experiencing Long-Term Unemployment in Europe: Youth on the Edge, Palgrave Macmillan UK, London, 2016: pp. 107–138.

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
R. Andrews, Scientists Turn Captured Carbon Emissions Into Fuel Pellets, 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, IRS ADP Contracts, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1992.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
K. Bowman, A Close Look at the 2014 Passage of the Illinois County School Facility Sales Tax in Greene County, Doctoral dissertation, Southern Illinois University, 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
G. Vecsey, Super Bowl Champion Jets Ignited A Sporting Revival in the Big Town, New York Times. (2010) SP3.

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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