How to format your references using the Biosafety and Health citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Biosafety and Health. 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
M. Velasquez-Manoff, Genetics: Relative risk, Nature. 527 (2015) S116-7.
A journal article with 2 authors
E.M. De La Cruz, T.D. Pollard, Structural biology. Actin’ up, Science. 293 (2001) 616–618.
A journal article with 3 authors
M. West, J.J. Sánchez, S.R. McNutt, Periodically triggered seismicity at Mount Wrangell, Alaska, after the Sumatra earthquake, Science. 308 (2005) 1144–1146.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
B.K. Swan, M. Martinez-Garcia, C.M. Preston, A. Sczyrba, T. Woyke, D. Lamy, T. Reinthaler, N.J. Poulton, E.D.P. Masland, M.L. Gomez, M.E. Sieracki, E.F. DeLong, G.J. Herndl, R. Stepanauskas, Potential for chemolithoautotrophy among ubiquitous bacteria lineages in the dark ocean, Science. 333 (2011) 1296–1300.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
M. Boillot, Advanced Smart Grids for Distribution System Operators: Volume 1, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2014.
An edited book
C. Demetrescu, ed., Experimental Algorithms: 6th International Workshop, WEA 2007, Rome, Italy, June 6-8, 2007. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2007.
A chapter in an edited book
V. Pangracious, Z. Marrakchi, H. Mehrez, Two Dimensional FPGAs: Configuration and CAD Flow, in: Z. Marrakchi, H. Mehrez (Eds.), Three-Dimensional Design Methodologies for Tree-Based FPGA Architecture, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015: pp. 73–94.

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 Biosafety and Health.

Blog post
J. Fang, Have Fossil Fuels Officially Lost to Renewables?, IFLScience. (2015). (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, Comments on Authority of Office of Education for Access to Accreditation-Related Records, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1977.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
S.B. Lee, Localizing the effects of link flooding attacks in the Internet, Doctoral dissertation, University of Maryland, College Park, 2009.

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.F. Kennan, OCT. 28, 1992: No Party Toppled The Soviets, New York Times. (2010) F6.

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 titleBiosafety and Health
ISSN (print)2590-0536

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