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
Kaplan, W.D. 2015. MATERIALS SCIENCE. The mechanism of crystal deformation. Science 349(6252): 1059–1060.
A journal article with 2 authors
Pruitt, J.N., and Goodnight, C.J. 2014. Site-specific group selection drives locally adapted group compositions. Nature 514(7522): 359–362.
A journal article with 3 authors
Mani, A., Rahwan, I., and Pentland, A. 2013. Inducing peer pressure to promote cooperation. Sci. Rep. 3: 1735.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Roati, G., D’Errico, C., Fallani, L., Fattori, M., Fort, C., Zaccanti, M., Modugno, G., Modugno, M., and Inguscio, M. 2008. Anderson localization of a non-interacting Bose-Einstein condensate. Nature 453(7197): 895–898.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Alberty, R.A. 2006. Biochemical Thermodynamics: Applications of Mathmatica. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Han, F.X. 2007. Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements in Arid Environments. Edited ByA. Singer. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Jiang, Y., Li, C., and Gabrielson, J. 2013. Qualification of Biophysical Methods for the Analysis of Protein Therapeutics. In Biophysics for Therapeutic Protein Development. Edited by L.O. Narhi. Springer, New York, NY. pp. 99–126.

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. 2015, October 15. The Builders Of Stonehenge Feasted On Barbecue Beef And Pork. 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. 1987. National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Planned Use of Information Technology for the Space Station. 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
Sprague, T. 2012. Cultural perspectives among children of Guatemalan Maya immigrants in Lake Worth, Florida. Doctoral dissertation, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL.

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
Kelly, J. 1977, September 25. COSMETIC LIB FOR MEN. New York Times: The New York Times Magazine234.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kaplan 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Pruitt and Goodnight 2014; Kaplan 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Pruitt and Goodnight 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Roati et al. 2008)

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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