How to format your references using the Biochemistry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Biochemistry. 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
(1) Smaglik, P. (2003) Golden handcuffs. Nature 424, 351.
A journal article with 2 authors
(1) Jordan, M. I., and Mitchell, T. M. (2015) Machine learning: Trends, perspectives, and prospects. Science 349, 255–260.
A journal article with 3 authors
(1) Ryckman, J. D., Jiao, Y., and Weiss, S. M. (2013) Three-dimensional patterning and morphological control of porous nanomaterials by gray-scale direct imprinting. Sci. Rep. 3, 1502.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
(1) Jiggins, C. D., Naisbit, R. E., Coe, R. L., and Mallet, J. (2001) Reproductive isolation caused by colour pattern mimicry. Nature 411, 302–305.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
(1) Rochange, C., Uhrig, S., and Sainrat, P. (2013) Time-Predictable Architectures. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
(1) Gupta, S., Paul, W. E., and Steinman, R. (Eds.). (2005) Mechanisms of Lymphocyte Activation and Immune Regulation X: Innate Immunity. Springer US, Boston, MA.
A chapter in an edited book
(1) Hernandez, A. M., and Peterson, A. L. (2012) Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders and Pain, in Handbook of Occupational Health and Wellness (Gatchel, R. J., and Schultz, I. Z., Eds.), pp 63–85. Springer US, Boston, MA.

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.

Blog post
(1) Luntz, S. (2014, May 15) Cosmological Big Bang Or Damp Squib? IFLScience. IFLScience.


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
(1) Government Accountability Office. (1979) Evaluation and the Research Process. 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
(1) Anyaoha, A. L. (2013) Surgical time-out: A nursing team training approach. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
(1) Wasik, J. F. (2017, January 13) Death Is Inevitable. Financial Turmoil Afterward Isn’t. New York Times.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

This sentence cites one reference 1.
This sentence cites two references 1,2.
This sentence cites four references 1–4.

About the journal

Full journal titleBiochemistry
ISSN (print)0006-2960
ISSN (online)1520-4995

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