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
Flower R (2002) Drug receptors: a long engagement. Nature 415:587
A journal article with 2 authors
Monk BC, Goffeau A (2008) Outwitting multidrug resistance to antifungals. Science 321:367–369
A journal article with 3 authors
Martin AA, Toth M, Aharonovich I (2014) Subtractive 3D printing of optically active diamond structures. Sci Rep 4:5022
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Liu K, Shen Z-R, Li Y, et al (2014) Solvent induced rapid modulation of micro/nano structures of metal carboxylates coordination polymers: mechanism and morphology dependent magnetism. Sci Rep 4:6023

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Paris JL, Paris JL (2008) CliffsNotes® Praxis II®. Wiley Publishing, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Okereke OI (ed) (2015) Prevention of Late-Life Depression: Current Clinical Challenges and Priorities. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Metcalfe G, Olivetti N, Gabbay D (2009) Syntactic Eliminations. In: Olivetti N, Gabbay D (eds) Proof Theory for Fuzzy Logics. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp 101–135

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
Carpineti A (2016) Moon’s Crater Tell Us How Dangerous The Early Solar System Was. 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 (1984) Privacy Policy Activities of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. 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
Ho T (2012) The influence of physical activity and unsafe neighborhoods on the development of gestational diabetes among women in California. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Pipher M (2013) Lighting a Spark On the High Plains. New York Times A27

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Flower 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Flower 2002; Monk and Goffeau 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Monk and Goffeau 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Liu 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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