How to format your references using the Biophysics Reports citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Biophysics Reports. 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
Chien KR (2008) Regenerative medicine and human models of human disease. Nature 453:302–305
A journal article with 2 authors
Fitch WT, Hauser MD (2004) Computational constraints on syntactic processing in a nonhuman primate. Science 303:377–380
A journal article with 3 authors
Misura KM, Scheller RH, Weis WI (2000) Three-dimensional structure of the neuronal-Sec1-syntaxin 1a complex. Nature 404:355–362
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Hinchcliffe EH, Miller FJ, Cham M, et al (2001) Requirement of a centrosomal activity for cell cycle progression through G1 into S phase. Science 291:1547–1550

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ushakov I (2012) Probabilistic Reliability Models. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Sodhi MS (2012) Managing Supply Chain Risk. Springer US, Boston, MA
A chapter in an edited book
Kobayashi M, Akiyama M, Kise H, Watanabe T (2006) Unusual Tetrapyrrole Pigments of Photosynthetic Antennae and Reaction Centers: Specially-tailored Chlorophylls. In: Grimm B, Porra RJ, Rüdiger W, Scheer H (eds) Chlorophylls and Bacteriochlorophylls: Biochemistry, Biophysics, Functions and Applications. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp 55–66

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 Biophysics Reports.

Blog post
Luntz S (2016) Post-Sex Cannibalism In Spiders Is The Ultimate Parental Sacrifice. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/postsex-cannibalism-in-spiders-is-the-ultimate-parental-sacrifice/. Accessed 30 Oct 2018

Reports

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) GAO Evaluation of Report by Technassociates, Inc., on the Evaluation of Written Products Delivered by the National Center for Research in Vocational Education. 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
Jenkins MM (2009) Clinical decision-making and pediatric bipolar disorder. Doctoral dissertation, University of North Carolina

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
Ember S (2016) Four From BuzzFeed’s Politics Team Defect to CNN. New York Times B2

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Chien 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Fitch and Hauser 2004; Chien 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Fitch and Hauser 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Hinchcliffe et al. 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleBiophysics Reports
AbbreviationBiophys. Rep.
ISSN (print)2364-3439
ISSN (online)2364-3420
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