How to format your references using the BioNanoScience citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for BioNanoScience. 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
Smaglik, P. (2003). California dreaming: San Diego. Nature, 422(6928), 240–241.
A journal article with 2 authors
Benartzi, S., & Thaler, R. H. (2013). Economics. Behavioral economics and the retirement savings crisis. Science (New York, N.Y.), 339(6124), 1152–1153.
A journal article with 3 authors
Jaeger, T. F., Pontillo, D., & Graff, P. (2012). Comment on “Phonemic diversity supports a serial founder effect model of language expansion from Africa.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 335(6072), 1042; author reply 1042.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Chakraborty, T., Srinivasan, S., Ganguly, N., Bhowmick, S., & Mukherjee, A. (2013). Constant communities in complex networks. Scientific reports, 3, 1825.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kang, S. (2012). Micro/Nano Replication. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Meier, G. E. A., Sreenivasan, K. R., & Heinemann, H.-J. (Eds.). (2006). IUTAM Symposium on One Hundred Years of Boundary Layer Research: Proceedings of the IUTAM Symposium held at DLR-Göttingen, Germany, August 12-14, 2004 (Vol. 129). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Assadi, F., & Sharbaf, F. G. (2016). Pharmacokinetics of CRRT. In F. Ghane Sharbaf (Ed.), Pediatric Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy: Principles and Practice (pp. 99–120). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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 BioNanoScience.

Blog post
Hale, T. (2015, October 14). Robotics Firm Creates 3D-Printed Superhero Prosthetic Arms. IFLScience. IFLScience. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (1983). Status of FCC Efforts To Allocate Costs Between Telephone Companies’ Regulated and Unregulated Activities (No. RCED-83-235). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Green, E. I. (2009). Caregiver wellness: An inquiry of health risks among frontline direct caregivers of the elderly and disabled (Doctoral dissertation). Capella University, Minneapolis, MN.

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
Chira, S. (2016, December 10). Protests Carry Echoes of South Korea’s Past. New York Times, p. A12.

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 titleBioNanoScience
ISSN (print)2191-1630
ISSN (online)2191-1649
Biomedical Engineering

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