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
Jayaraman, K.S. 2000. Indian space agency sets its sights on a mission to the Moon. Nature 406(6791): 5.
A journal article with 2 authors
Backwell, P.R.Y., and Jennions, M.D. 2004. Animal behaviour: coalition among male fiddler crabs. Nature 430(6998): 417.
A journal article with 3 authors
Pfeiffer, T., Schuster, S., and Bonhoeffer, S. 2001. Cooperation and competition in the evolution of ATP-producing pathways. Science 292(5516): 504–507.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Herd, C.D.K., Blinova, A., Simkus, D.N., Huang, Y., Tarozo, R., Alexander, C.M.O., Gyngard, F., Nittler, L.R., Cody, G.D., Fogel, M.L., Kebukawa, Y., Kilcoyne, A.L.D., Hilts, R.W., Slater, G.F., Glavin, D.P., Dworkin, J.P., Callahan, M.P., Elsila, J.E., De Gregorio, B.T., and Stroud, R.M. 2011. Origin and evolution of prebiotic organic matter as inferred from the Tagish Lake meteorite. Science 332(6035): 1304–1307.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Baguley, D., Andersson, G., McFerran, D., and McKenna, L. 2013. Tinnitus: A Multidisciplinary Approach. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., West Sussex, UK.
An edited book
Harris, D. (Editor). 2009. Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics: 8th International Conference, EPCE 2009, Held as Part of HCI International 2009, San Diego, CA, USA, July 19-24, 2009. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Dorey, P., and Garnett, M. 2016. Welfare Reform. In The British Coalition Government, 2010-2015: A Marriage of Inconvenience. Edited by M. Garnett. Palgrave Macmillan UK, London. pp. 137–178.

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
Luntz, S. 2015, March 16. Measles Denier Forced To Pay €100,000 To Doctor Who Proved Measles Is A Virus. 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. 2007. NASA: Issues Surrounding the Transition from the Space Shuttle to the Next Generation of Human Space Flight Systems. 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
Pratt, J.E. 2014. Investigating educational systems, leadership, and school culture: A holistic approach. Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ.

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
Silver, N. 2012, July 18. Let’s Play Medalball! New York Times: MM40.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Jayaraman 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Jayaraman 2000; Backwell and Jennions 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Backwell and Jennions 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Herd et al. 2011)

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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