How to format your references using the Bioorganic Chemistry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Bioorganic Chemistry. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
D. Erwin, A call to the custodians of deep time, Nature. 462 (2009) 282–283.
A journal article with 2 authors
M. Roeb, H. Müller-Steinhagen, Engineering. Concentrating on solar electricity and fuels, Science. 329 (2010) 773–774.
A journal article with 3 authors
Y. Mito, J.G. Henikoff, S. Henikoff, Histone replacement marks the boundaries of cis-regulatory domains, Science. 315 (2007) 1408–1411.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
M. Zhou, J.H. Morais-Cabral, S. Mann, R. MacKinnon, Potassium channel receptor site for the inactivation gate and quaternary amine inhibitors, Nature. 411 (2001) 657–661.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
A.W. Scott, R. Frobenius, RF Measurements for Cellular Phones and Wireless Data Systems, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2008.
An edited book
B. Malloy, S. Staab, M. van D. Brand, eds., Software Language Engineering: Third International Conference, SLE 2010, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, October 12-13, 2010, Revised Selected Papers, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
S. Fujiyama-Nakamura, K. Yamagata, S. Kato, Hormonal Repression of miRNA Biosynthesis Through a Nuclear Steroid Hormone Receptor, in: H. Großhans (Ed.), Regulation of MicroRNAs, Springer US, New York, NY, 2010: pp. 43–55.

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 Bioorganic Chemistry.

Blog post
J. Fang, Spiny Fins Help Fish Expand Into Hard-To-Eat Shapes, IFLScience. (2015).


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, Research and Development: Counterdrug Technology Assessment Center’s Process for Funding Projects, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1999.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
C. Simmons, Correlates and predictors of cognitive complexity among counseling and social work students in graduate training programs, Doctoral dissertation, University of South Florida, 2008.

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
G. O’connor, All at Sea, New York Times. (2017) BR15.

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 titleBioorganic Chemistry
AbbreviationBioorg. Chem.
ISSN (print)0045-2068
Molecular Biology
Organic Chemistry
Drug Discovery

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