How to format your references using the Biomolecular NMR Assignments citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Biomolecular NMR Assignments. 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
Doherty R (2007) Retrospective. Robert W. Cahn (1924-2007) and David Turnbull (1915-2007). Science 317:56–57
A journal article with 2 authors
Di Noia J, Neuberger MS (2002) Altering the pathway of immunoglobulin hypermutation by inhibiting uracil-DNA glycosylase. Nature 419:43–48
A journal article with 3 authors
Thompson JK, Peterson MR, Freeman RD (2003) Single-neuron activity and tissue oxygenation in the cerebral cortex. Science 299:1070–1072
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Nilsson D-E, Gislén L, Coates MM, et al (2005) Advanced optics in a jellyfish eye. Nature 435:201–205

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bertein J-C, Ceschi R (2013) Discrete Stochastic Processes and Optimal Filtering. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Song B, Lamberson L, Casem D, Kimberley J (eds) (2016) Dynamic Behavior of Materials, Volume 1: Proceedings of the 2015 Annual Conference on Experimental and Applied Mechanics, 1st ed. 2016. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Castellano G, Torsello MA (2009) How to Derive Fuzzy User Categories for Web Personalization. In: Castellano G, Jain LC, Fanelli AM (eds) Web Personalization in Intelligent Environments. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 65–79

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 NMR Assignments.

Blog post
Fang J (2014) Baby Mammoths So Well Preserved We Can Determine Cause Of Death. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 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 (2014) Explosives Detection Canines: TSA Has Taken Steps to Analyze Canine Team Data and Assess the Effectiveness of Passenger Screening Canines. 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
Eller LS (2012) Social media as avenue for personal learning for educators: Personal learning networks encourage application of knowledge and skills. Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine University

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
James Woolsey R, Fox BJ (2017) To Protect Voting, Use Open-Source. New York Times A19

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Doherty 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Di Noia and Neuberger 2002; Doherty 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Di Noia and Neuberger 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Nilsson et al. 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleBiomolecular NMR Assignments
AbbreviationBiomol. NMR Assign.
ISSN (print)1874-2718
ISSN (online)1874-270X
Structural Biology

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