How to format your references using the Biotechnology Advances citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Biotechnology Advances. 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
Kristoufek, L., 2013. BitCoin meets Google Trends and Wikipedia: quantifying the relationship between phenomena of the Internet era. Sci. Rep. 3, 3415.
A journal article with 2 authors
Tulin, A., Spradling, A., 2003. Chromatin loosening by poly(ADP)-ribose polymerase (PARP) at Drosophila puff loci. Science 299, 560–562.
A journal article with 3 authors
Li, L., Leid, M., Rothenberg, E.V., 2010. An early T cell lineage commitment checkpoint dependent on the transcription factor Bcl11b. Science 329, 89–93.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Yamaguchi, N., Oyama, M., Kozuka-Hata, H., Inoue, J.-I., 2013. Involvement of A20 in the molecular switch that activates the non-canonical NF-кB pathway. Sci. Rep. 3, 2568.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Michaelian, K.H., 2005. Photoacoustic Infrared Spectroscopy. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Schmickler, W., 2010. Interfacial Electrochemistry. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Lee, E.Y., 2012. Congenital Lung Masses, in: Cleveland, R.H. (Ed.), Imaging in Pediatric Pulmonology. Springer US, Boston, MA, pp. 31–38.

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 Biotechnology Advances.

Blog post
Luntz, S., 2016. Lonely Planets Have Crazier Orbits Than Worlds With Companions [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL https://www.iflscience.com/space/lonely-planets-have-crazier-orbits-than-worlds-with-companions/ (accessed 10.30.18).

Reports

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, 1979. Army’s FY 1980 Programs for Procuring Conventional Ammunition, Modernization, and Expansion (No. LCD-79-416). 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
Laffitte, L., 2012. A Comparison of Pull-Out and Co-Teaching Models on the Reading Performance of Third through Fifth Grade Elementary Students with a Diagnosed Specific Learning Disability in Reading (Doctoral dissertation). Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.

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
St. John Kelly, E., 1998. Patrons Root for the Return of the “Cheers” of Clinton Street. New York Times 147.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kristoufek, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Kristoufek, 2013; Tulin and Spradling, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Tulin and Spradling, 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Yamaguchi et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleBiotechnology Advances
AbbreviationBiotechnol. Adv.
ISSN (print)0734-9750
ScopeBiotechnology

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