How to format your references using the Biochimie Open citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Biochimie Open. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
A. Liljas, Biochemistry. Getting close to termination, Science. 322 (2008) 863–865.
A journal article with 2 authors
E. Cannavo, P. Cejka, Sae2 promotes dsDNA endonuclease activity within Mre11-Rad50-Xrs2 to resect DNA breaks, Nature. 514 (2014) 122–125.
A journal article with 3 authors
S.M. Maurer, R.B. Firestone, C.R. Scriver, Science’s neglected legacy, Nature. 405 (2000) 117–120.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
M. Hammarlund, P. Nix, L. Hauth, E.M. Jorgensen, M. Bastiani, Axon regeneration requires a conserved MAP kinase pathway, Science. 323 (2009) 802–806.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
A. Vignes, Extractive Metallurgy 1, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2013.
An edited book
K. Karpouzis, G.N. Yannakakis, eds., Emotion in Games: Theory and Praxis, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
A. Drusini, Anthropology and Bio-cultural Adaptation of the Ancient Nasca Inhabitants, in: R. Lasaponara, N. Masini, G. Orefici (Eds.), The Ancient Nasca World: New Insights from Science and Archaeology, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016: pp. 87–100.

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 Biochimie Open.

Blog post
E. Andrew, New iPad? Tech Firms Have Abandoned Radical Innovation For Mediocrity, IFLScience. (2015). (accessed October 30, 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, Aviation Security: TSA Has Taken Steps to Improve Oversight of Key Programs, but Additional Actions Are Needed, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2015.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
J. Van Name, Boolean Partition Algebras, Doctoral dissertation, University of South Florida, 2013.

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
B. Brantley, Pain, Protest and Resistance, New York Times. (2017) C1.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

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 titleBiochimie Open
AbbreviationBiochim. Open
ISSN (print)2214-0085

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