How to format your references using the Biotechnology Research and Innovation citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Biotechnology Research and Innovation. 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
Teske, A. (2010). Oceans. Cryptic links in the ocean. Science (New York, N.Y.), 330(6009), 1326–1327.
A journal article with 2 authors
Smith, D. J., & Whitehouse, I. (2012). Intrinsic coupling of lagging-strand synthesis to chromatin assembly. Nature, 483(7390), 434–438.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bußhardt, P., Kunze, D., & Gorb, S. N. (2014). Interlocking-based attachment during locomotion in the beetle Pachnoda marginata (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae). Scientific Reports, 4, 6998.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Liu, Z., Yan, H., Wang, K., Kuang, T., Zhang, J., Gui, L., An, X., & Chang, W. (2004). Crystal structure of spinach major light-harvesting complex at 2.72 A resolution. Nature, 428(6980), 287–292.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Griskey, R. G. (2005). Transport Phenomena and Unit Operations. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
White, B., King, I., & Tsang, P. (Eds.). (2011). Social Media Tools and Platforms in Learning Environments. Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Komorowski, T., Landim, C., & Olla, S. (2012). The Simple Exclusion Process. In C. Landim & S. Olla (Eds.), Fluctuations in Markov Processes: Time Symmetry and Martingale Approximation (pp. 155–197). Springer.

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 Research and Innovation.

Blog post
Davis, J. (2016, November 18). Terminally Ill Teenage Girl Wins Right To Have Her Body Cryogenically Frozen. IFLScience; 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. (2000). NASA’s Administrative Review of a Patent Infringement Claim (RCED-00-240R). 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
Tuschall, A. (2017). Exploration of the Relationship Between Implicit Theory of Intelligence and Employability [Doctoral dissertation]. Pepperdine University.

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
Protess, B. (2017, May 12). Lawyer Is Now Regulating Banking Industry He Has Spent a Career Protecting. New York Times, A20.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Teske, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Smith & Whitehouse, 2012; Teske, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Smith & Whitehouse, 2012)
  • Three authors: (Bußhardt et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Liu et al., 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleBiotechnology Research and Innovation
AbbreviationBiotechnol. Res. Innov.
ISSN (print)2452-0721

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