How to format your references using the Bioresources and Bioprocessing citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Bioresources and Bioprocessing. 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
Gewin V (2003) Biosphere owner sues sponsor. Nature 422:461
A journal article with 2 authors
Dye C, Gay N (2003) Epidemiology. Modeling the SARS epidemic. Science 300:1884–1885
A journal article with 3 authors
Gallop JL, Butler PJG, McMahon HT (2005) Endophilin and CtBP/BARS are not acyl transferases in endocytosis or Golgi fission. Nature 438:675–678
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Valentine DL, Kessler JD, Redmond MC, et al (2010) Propane respiration jump-starts microbial response to a deep oil spill. Science 330:208–211

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Smith MC, Sherman DM (2009) Goat Medicine. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK
An edited book
Ábrahám E, Bonsangue M, Johnsen EB (eds) (2016) Theory and Practice of Formal Methods: Essays Dedicated to Frank de Boer on the Occasion of His 60th Birthday. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Horvath J, Hoge L, Cameron R (2016) Making and Using Sewing Patterns. In: Hoge L, Cameron R (eds) Practical Fashion Tech: Wearable Technologies for Costuming, Cosplay, and Everyday. Apress, Berkeley, CA, pp 57–80

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 Bioresources and Bioprocessing.

Blog post
Carpineti A (2017) A Supernova 50 Light-Years Away Could Start A Mass Extinction. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 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 (2005) Airport and Airway Trust Fund: Preliminary Observations on Past, Present, and Future. 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
Schreiber JS (2016) Discursive constructions of decline: Narratives of illness and financial stress among residents in assisted living. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Gustines GG (2012) A Human Superstar Among the Superheroes. New York Times C33

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gewin 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Gewin 2003; Dye and Gay 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Dye and Gay 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Valentine et al. 2010)

About the journal

Full journal titleBioresources and Bioprocessing
AbbreviationBioresour. Bioprocess.
ISSN (online)2197-4365

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