How to format your references using the BMC Biophysics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for BMC Biophysics. 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
1. Adam D. British chemists warned of impending stagnation. Nature. 2003;421:100.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Narbonne P, Roy R. Caenorhabditis elegans dauers need LKB1/AMPK to ration lipid reserves and ensure long-term survival. Nature. 2009;457:210–4.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Daniel S, Chaudhury MK, Chen JC. Fast drop movements resulting from the phase change on a gradient surface. Science. 2001;291:633–6.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Luo L, Wu J, Luo J, Huang J, Dravid VP. Dynamics of electrochemical lithiation/delithiation of graphene-encapsulated silicon nanoparticles studied by in-situ TEM. Sci Rep. 2014;4:3863.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Cherian A. Energy and Global Climate Change. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2015.
An edited book
1. Peiris C. Pro WCF: Practical Microsoft SOA Implementation. Berkeley, CA: Apress; 2007.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Takikawa Y, Kuroda H, Sawara K. The Brain and Liver. In: Ohira H, editor. The Liver in Systemic Diseases. Tokyo: Springer Japan; 2016. p. 51–75.

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 BMC Biophysics.

Blog post
1. Andrew E. Creepiest Looking Animals In The World. IFLScience. 2014. 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
1. Government Accountability Office. Air Traffic Control: Status of FAA’s Effort to Modernize the System. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1990.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Mathew J. Examining the relationship between secondary school head teachers’ leadership and teachers’ satisfaction in Kerala, India. Doctoral dissertation. University of Phoenix; 2008.

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
1. Crow K. Mott Street as a Path to Revolution For the Father of Modern China. New York Times. 2002;:145.

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 titleBMC Biophysics
AbbreviationBMC Biophys.
ISSN (online)2046-1682

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