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
Surani MA (2001) Reprogramming of genome function through epigenetic inheritance. Nature 414:122–128
A journal article with 2 authors
Gurnett DA, Kurth WS (2005) Electron plasma oscillations upstream of the solar wind termination shock. Science 309:2025–2027
A journal article with 3 authors
Horsewill AJ, Jones NH, Caciuffo R (2001) Evidence for coherent proton tunneling in a hydrogen bond network. Science 291:100–103
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Kustikova O, Fehse B, Modlich U, et al (2005) Clonal dominance of hematopoietic stem cells triggered by retroviral gene marking. Science 308:1171–1174

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Taylor FJ (2011) Digital Filters. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Psaraftis HN (ed) (2016) Green Transportation Logistics: The Quest for Win-Win Solutions. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Uzé G, Schreiber G, Piehler J, Pellegrini S (2007) The Receptor of the Type I Interferon Family. In: Pitha PM (ed) Interferon: The 50th Anniversary. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 71–95

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
Luntz S (2014) Students Develop Nail Polish That Can Detect Date Rape Drugs. 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 (1988) Aviation Safety: Enhanced Requirements Can Improve Commuter Pilot Training. 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
Mullin Piette AJ (2010) Dialogic encounters among health care providers in pediatric critical care: A qualitative, collective case study. Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix

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
Hartman S (2014) A New Life for Refugees, and the City They Adopted. New York Times A12

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Surani 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Surani 2001; Gurnett and Kurth 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Gurnett and Kurth 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Kustikova et al. 2005)

About the journal

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

Other styles