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
Burke B (2015) Cell biology: nuclear dilemma resolved. Nature 522:159–160
A journal article with 2 authors
Eldar A, Elowitz MB (2010) Functional roles for noise in genetic circuits. Nature 467:167–173
A journal article with 3 authors
Mempel TR, Henrickson SE, Von Andrian UH (2004) T-cell priming by dendritic cells in lymph nodes occurs in three distinct phases. Nature 427:154–159
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Kaur G, Pickrell G, Kimsawatde G, et al (2014) Synthesis, cytotoxicity, and hydroxyapatite formation in 27-Tris-SBF for sol-gel based CaO-P2O5-SiO2-B2O3-ZnO bioactive glasses. Sci Rep 4:4392

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Le Ruyet D, Pischella M (2015) Digital Communications 1. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Terazima M, Kataoka M, Ueoka R, Okamoto Y (eds) (2016) Molecular Science of Fluctuations Toward Biological Functions, 1st ed. 2016. Springer Japan, Tokyo
A chapter in an edited book
Roberts P (2016) The White (Supremacist) Continent: Antarctica and Fantasies of Nazi Survival. In: Peder R, van der Watt L-M, Howkins A (eds) Antarctica and the Humanities. Palgrave Macmillan UK, London, pp 105–124

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
Andrew E (2016) What We Learned From Chernobyl About How Radiation Affects Our Bodies. 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) James Webb Space Telescope: Project Facing Increased Schedule Risk with Significant Work Remaining. 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
Mycroft D (2012) Minorities in leadership and financial performance of their Fortune 500 companies. 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
Kelly C (2010) The Skipper Is Waiting. New York Times C29

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Burke 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Eldar and Elowitz 2010; Burke 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Eldar and Elowitz 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Kaur et al. 2014)

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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