How to format your references using the Biochemistry and Cell Biology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Biochemistry and Cell Biology. 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
Moore, J.E. 2010. The birth of topological insulators. Nature 464(7286): 194–198.
A journal article with 2 authors
Shuster, D.L., and Weiss, B.P. 2005. Martian surface paleotemperatures from thermochronology of meteorites. Science 309(5734): 594–600.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yu, X., Jin, L., and Zhou, Z.H. 2008. 3.88 A structure of cytoplasmic polyhedrosis virus by cryo-electron microscopy. Nature 453(7193): 415–419.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Ishizaki, F., Nishiyama, T., Kawasaki, T., Miyashiro, Y., Hara, N., Takizawa, I., Naito, M., and Takahashi, K. 2013. Androgen deprivation promotes intratumoral synthesis of dihydrotestosterone from androgen metabolites in prostate cancer. Sci. Rep. 3: 1528.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Scot, L. 2010. The Simplified Guide to Not-for-Profit Accounting, Formation, and Reporting. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Bose, K. (Editor). 2015. Proteases in Apoptosis: Pathways, Protocols and Translational Advances. In 1st ed. 2015. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Pinheiro, A., Canedo, E.D., de Sousa, R.T., and de Oliveira Albuquerque, R. 2016. A Proposed Protocol for Periodic Monitoring of Cloud Storage Services Using Trust and Encryption. In Computational Science and Its Applications – ICCSA 2016: 16th International Conference, Beijing, China, July 4-7, 2016, Proceedings, Part II. Edited by O. Gervasi, B. Murgante, S. Misra, A.M.A.C. Rocha, C.M. Torre, D. Taniar, B.O. Apduhan, E. Stankova, and S. Wang. Springer International Publishing, Cham. pp. 45–59.

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 Biochemistry and Cell Biology.

Blog post
Andrew, E. 2015, July 25. 3D-Printed Smart Bottle Cap Could Tell You When Your Food Has Expired. IFLScience. Available from [accessed 30 October 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. 2007. No Child Left Behind Act: Education Assistance Could Help States Better Measure Progress of Students with Limited English Proficiency. 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
Ndiaye, O. 2010. The Predictability of the Sahelian Climate: Seasonal Sahel Rainfall and Onset over Senegal. Doctoral dissertation, Columbia University, New York, NY.

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
St. John Kelly, E. 1995, January 22. Ghosts Of Montero, By the Sea. New York Times: 134.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Moore 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Shuster and Weiss 2005; Moore 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Shuster and Weiss 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Ishizaki et al. 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleBiochemistry and Cell Biology
AbbreviationBiochem. Cell Biol.
ISSN (print)0829-8211
ISSN (online)1208-6002
Cell Biology
Molecular Biology

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