How to format your references using the Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin. 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
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Cao YC. Materials science. Impurities enhance semiconductor nanocrystal performance. Science, 332, 48–49 (2011).
A journal article with 2 authors
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Lockhart DJ, Winzeler EA. Genomics, gene expression and DNA arrays. Nature, 405, 827–836 (2000).
A journal article with 3 authors
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Machens CK, Romo R, Brody CD. Flexible control of mutual inhibition: a neural model of two-interval discrimination. Science, 307, 1121–1124 (2005).
A journal article with 4 or more authors
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Fujimuro T, Matsui T, Nitanda Y, Matta T, Sakumura Y, Saito M, Kohno K, Nakahata Y, Bessho Y. Hes7 3’UTR is required for somite segmentation function. Sci. Rep., 4, 6462 (2014).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
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Plantin J-C. Participatory Mapping. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, (2014).
An edited book
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From Genes to Animal Behavior: Social Structures, Personalities, Communication by Color. Springer Japan, Tokyo, (2011).
A chapter in an edited book
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White MA, Stein RJ. LESS: Ports and Instrumentation. Scar-Less Surgery: NOTES, Transumbilical, and Others. (Rane Abhay , Cadeddu Jeffrey A , Desai Mihir M , Gill Inderbir S ed.), Springer, London, pp.37–48 (2013).

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 Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin.

Blog post
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Hale T. “This Fish Can Survive Crazy Levels Of Pollution Thanks To Rapid Evolution”.: <https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/this-fish-can-survive-crazy-levels-of-pollution-thanks-to-rapid-evolution/>, cited 30 October, 2018.

Reports

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
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Government Accountability Office. Next Generation Air Transportation System: Challenges with Partner Agency and FAA Coordination Continue, and Efforts to Integrate Near-, Mid-, and Long-term Activities Are Ongoing, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2010.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
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Ravilla S. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 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
1)
Dewan S, Schwartz J. Comparing Harvey With Katrina, 2017.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference 2).
This sentence cites two references 2,4).
This sentence cites four references 2,4,6,8).

About the journal

Full journal titleBiological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin
AbbreviationBiol. Pharm. Bull.
ISSN (print)0918-6158
ISSN (online)1347-5215
ScopeGeneral Medicine
Pharmaceutical Science
Pharmacology

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