How to format your references using the Biomolecular Detection and Quantification citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Biomolecular Detection and Quantification. 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
A. Gittis, Eppendorf finalist. Striatal interneurons: causes of or cures for movement disorders?, Science. 338 (2012) 59.
A journal article with 2 authors
H. Ji, E. Zweibel, Plasma physics. Understanding particle acceleration in astrophysical plasmas, Science. 347 (2015) 944–945.
A journal article with 3 authors
S.M. Kaiser, H.S. Malik, M. Emerman, Restriction of an extinct retrovirus by the human TRIM5alpha antiviral protein, Science. 316 (2007) 1756–1758.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
D. Biggs, R.J. Smith, V.M. Adams, H. Brink, C.N. Cook, R. Cooney, M.H. Holden, M. Maron, J. Phelps, H.P. Possingham, K.H. Redford, R.J. Scholes, W.J. Sutherland, F.M. Underwood, E.J. Milner-Gulland, Response-Ivory crisis, Science. 360 (2018) 277–278.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
K.J. Davey, Building Winning Algorithmic Trading Systems, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2014.
An edited book
S. Katz, H. Ossher, R. France, J.-M. Jézéquel, eds., Transactions on Aspect-Oriented Software Development VI: Special Issue on Aspects and Model-Driven Engineering, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
J. Zobrist, Water Chemistry of Swiss Alpine Rivers, in: U. Bundi (Ed.), Alpine Waters, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010: pp. 95–118.

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 Biomolecular Detection and Quantification.

Blog post
R. Andrews, Human Poop Has Snuck Into Some Coca-Cola Cans, IFLScience. (2017). (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, Critical Infrastructure Protection: Sector-Specific Agencies Need to Better Measure Cybersecurity Progress, 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
C.M. Teeter, Characterizing the Spatial Density Functions of Neural Arbors, Doctoral dissertation, University of California San Diego, 2010.

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
G. Vecsey, Three Derby Trainers, Each One of a Kind, New York Times. (2010) B12.

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 titleBiomolecular Detection and Quantification
AbbreviationBiomol. Detect. Quantif.
ISSN (print)2214-7535

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