How to format your references using the Bioresource Technology Reports citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Bioresource Technology 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
Secord, J.A., 2002. Portraits of science. Quick and magical shaper of science. Science 297, 1648–1649.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ellis, J., Mavromatos, N.E., 2011. Does gravity correct gauge couplings? Nature 479, E5-6; discussion E6.
A journal article with 3 authors
De Pontieu, B., Erdélyi, R., James, S.P., 2004. Solar chromospheric spicules from the leakage of photospheric oscillations and flows. Nature 430, 536–539.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Sriraman, S., Agarwal, S., Aydil, E.S., Maroudas, D., 2002. Mechanism of hydrogen-induced crystallization of amorphous silicon. Nature 418, 62–65.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Meyer, V.R., 2013. Pitfalls and Errors of HPLC in Pictures. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany.
An edited book
Lerche, I., 2006. Environmental Risk Assessment: Quantitative Measures, Anthropogenic Influences, Human Impact. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Mousavi Eshkevari, L., Arnaoudova, V., Constantinides, C., 2008. Comprehension and Dependency Analysis of Aspect-Oriented Programs through Declarative Reasoning, in: Hudak, P., Warren, D.S. (Eds.), Practical Aspects of Declarative Languages: 10th International Symposium, PADL 2008, San Francisco, CA, USA, January 7-8, 2008. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 35–52.

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 Bioresource Technology Reports.

Blog post
Carpineti, A., 2017. Planetary Harmony Keeps The Trappist-1 System Intact [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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. Issues Concerning the National Materials Policy, Research and Development Act of 1980, Public Law 96-479 (No. 121374). 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
Zhou, Y., 2010. Resource Management in Wireless Networks: Queue Management and Scheduling in Mesh Networks and Multi-Access Control in Internetworking Systems (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Nechepurenko, I., Hubbard, B., 2017. On Trip to Moscow, King Seeks Warmer Relations. New York Times A8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Secord, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Ellis and Mavromatos, 2011; Secord, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Ellis and Mavromatos, 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Sriraman et al., 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleBioresource Technology Reports
ISSN (print)2589-014X

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