How to format your references using the BioTechniques citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for BioTechniques. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Gavaghan, H. 2000. Mergers and acquisitions rock UK chemical industry infrastructure. Nature 406:812.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hambourger, M., and T.A. Moore. 2009. Chemistry. Nailing down nickel for electrocatalysis. Science 326:1355–1356.
A journal article with 3 authors
Canfield, D.E., S.W. Poulton, and G.M. Narbonne. 2007. Late-Neoproterozoic deep-ocean oxygenation and the rise of animal life. Science 315:92–95.
A journal article with 10 or more authors
Masson-Delmotte, V., J. Jouzel, A. Landais, M. Stievenard, S.J. Johnsen, J.W.C. White, M. Werner, A. Sveinbjornsdottir, and K. Fuhrer. 2005. GRIP deuterium excess reveals rapid and orbital-scale changes in Greenland moisture origin. Science 309:118–121.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Audibert, P. 2013. Mathematics for Informatics and Computer Science (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.).
An edited book
2010. The Physics of the Quark-Gluon Plasma: Introductory Lectures (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer).
A chapter in an edited book
Singh, Z.N., and M.L. Gulley. 2012. Myelodysplasia and Myeloid Proliferations. In Pediatric Neoplasia: Advances in Molecular Pathology and Translational Medicine, A.C. Mackinnon Jr, ed. (Totowa, NJ: Humana Press), pp. 75–100.

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 BioTechniques.

Blog post
Andrew, E. 2013. New Solar Cell Breaks World Record For Efficiency (IFLScience).


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. 1998. Public-Private Competitions: Access to Records Is Inhibiting Work on Congressional Mandates (Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
McGary, J. 2012. Gender and the poverty-conflict trap. Doctoral dissertation. University of Arizona.

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
Schlossberg, T. 2015. After Fatal Crash, Pausing Before Picking a Train Seat. New York Times A23.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in parentheses:

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 titleBioTechniques
ISSN (print)0736-6205
ISSN (online)1940-9818
ScopeGeneral Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology

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