How to format your references using the Biochemical Genetics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Biochemical Genetics (Biochem Genet). 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
Blake DT (2012) Neuroscience: how brains learn to control machines. Nature 483:284–285
A journal article with 2 authors
Galloway LF, Etterson JR (2007) Transgenerational plasticity is adaptive in the wild. Science 318:1134–1136
A journal article with 3 authors
Dick HJB, Lin J, Schouten H (2003) An ultraslow-spreading class of ocean ridge. Nature 426:405–412
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Beeson TD, Mastracchio A, Hong J-B, et al (2007) Enantioselective organocatalysis using SOMO activation. Science 316:582–585

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Christophers B (2013) Banking Across Boundaries. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford
An edited book
Kemper C (2012) Foundation Version Control for Web Developers. Apress, Berkeley, CA
A chapter in an edited book
AbuZeina D, Elshafei M (2012) Modeling of Arabic Cross-Word Pronunciation Variations. In: Elshafei M (ed) Cross-Word Modeling for Arabic Speech Recognition. Springer US, Boston, MA, pp 47–58

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 Genetics.

Blog post
Andrew E (2015) Protein Treatment Staves Off Alzheimer’s Disease Symptoms. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/brain/protein-treatment-staves-alzheimer-s-disease-symptoms/. Accessed 30 Oct 2018

Reports

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 (1996) FCC: Provision of Roaming Services by Commercial Mobile Radio Service Providers. 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
Moore C (2017) Seasonal Temperature Reconstruction for Northeastern Siberia during the Late Pleistocene from High-Resolution Oxygen Isotope Measurements Across Fossil Wood. Doctoral dissertation, University of Louisiana

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
Pilon M (2013) Sports Access For Disabled Is Clarified. New York Times D5

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Blake 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Blake 2012, [CSL STYLE ERROR: reference with no printed form.]).

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

  • Two authors: (Galloway and Etterson 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Beeson et al. 2007)

About the journal

Full journal titleBiochemical Genetics
AbbreviationBiochem. Genet.
ISSN (print)0006-2928
ISSN (online)1573-4927
ScopeEcology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
Biochemistry
Genetics
Molecular Biology
General Medicine

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