How to format your references using the Bioprinting citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Bioprinting. 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
J.D. Sweatt, Neuroscience. Creating stable memories, Science. 331 (2011) 869–870.
A journal article with 2 authors
A.E. Minetti, L.P. Ardigó, Halteres used in ancient Olympic long jump, Nature. 420 (2002) 141–142.
A journal article with 3 authors
S. Ghosh, A.K. Sood, N. Kumar, Carbon nanotube flow sensors, Science. 299 (2003) 1042–1044.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
P. Hale, M.W. Makgoba, M.H. Merson, T.C. Quinn, D.D. Richman, S. Vella, F. Wabwire-Mangen, S. Wain-Hobson, R.A. Weiss, Mission now possible for AIDS fund, Nature. 412 (2001) 271–272.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
I. Gottlieb, Next Generation Excel, John Wiley & Sons (Asia) Pte. Ltd., 2 Clementi Loop, #02-01, Singapore 129809, 2009.
An edited book
K. Matsumoto, N. Hayashi, eds., Heterocyclic Supramolecules II, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
S.S. Gill, N.A. Anjum, I. Ahmad, P. Thangavel, G. Sridevi, M. Pacheco, A.C. Duarte, S. Umar, N.A. Khan, M.E. Pereira, Metal Hyperaccumulation and Tolerance in Alyssum, Arabidopsis and Thlaspi: An Overview, in: N.A. Anjum, I. Ahmad, M.E. Pereira, A.C. Duarte, S. Umar, N.A. Khan (Eds.), The Plant Family Brassicaceae: Contribution Towards Phytoremediation, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2012: pp. 99–137.

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 Bioprinting.

Blog post
E. Andrew, How We Caught A Black Hole Emitting Intense Wind, IFLScience. (2016). (accessed October 30, 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, Automated Information Systems Security in Federal Civil Agencies, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1985.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
A.E. Seitz, Epidemiology, Spatial Distribution, and Treatment Patterns of Blastomycosis in the United States, Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, 2015.

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
J.R. Oestreich, An Operatic Love Big Enough for a Vast Hall, New York Times. (2016) C5.

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 titleBioprinting
ISSN (print)2405-8866
Computer Science Applications
Biomedical Engineering

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