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
Gibson, J.M. 2012. Materials science. Solving amorphous structures--two pairs beat one. Science 335(6071): 929–930.
A journal article with 2 authors
Schmiedmayer, J., and Berges, J. 2013. Physics. Cold atom cosmology. Science 341(6151): 1188–1189.
A journal article with 3 authors
Fu, Q., Saltsburg, H., and Flytzani-Stephanopoulos, M. 2003. Active nonmetallic Au and Pt species on ceria-based water-gas shift catalysts. Science 301(5635): 935–938.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Pyzalla, A., Camin, B., Buslaps, T., Di Michiel, M., Kaminski, H., Kottar, A., Pernack, A., and Reimers, W. 2005. Simultaneous tomography and diffraction analysis of creep damage. Science 308(5718): 92–95.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bennett, M.K. 1995. Affine and Projective Geometry. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Giannetti, R., and Vasta, M. (Editors). 2006. Evolution of Italian Enterprises in the 20th Century. Physica-Verlag HD, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Manevitch, L.I., and Gendelman, O.V. 2011. Continuous Systems. In Tractable Models of Solid Mechanics: Formulation, Analysis and Interpretation. Edited by O.V. Gendelman. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. pp. 237–293.

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
Davis, J. 2017, March 16. The Only Way To Prevent The Great Barrier Reef From Dying Is To Stop Climate Change. IFLScience. [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. 1987. Guaranteed Student Loans: Analysis of Insurance Premiums Charged by Guaranty Agencies. 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
Peacock, C. 2012. Design science research toward designing/prototyping a repeatable model for testing location management (LM) algorithms for wireless networking. Doctoral dissertation, Capella University, Minneapolis, MN.

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
Wagner, J. 2016, September 3. Mets’ Hobbled Rotation Takes Another Big Hit Before a Loss to the Nationals. New York Times: D3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gibson 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Gibson 2012; Schmiedmayer and Berges 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Schmiedmayer and Berges 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Pyzalla et al. 2005)

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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