How to format your references using the Clinical Biochemistry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Clinical Biochemistry. 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
J.E. Fernández, Materials for aesthetic, energy-efficient, and self-diagnostic buildings, Science. 315 (2007) 1807–1810.
A journal article with 2 authors
A.J. Beasley, E.J. Schreier, Astronomy: The United States must rejoin the SKA, Nature. 489 (2012) 363.
A journal article with 3 authors
M.-C. Yao, P. Fuller, X. Xi, Programmed DNA deletion as an RNA-guided system of genome defense, Science. 300 (2003) 1581–1584.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
H. Rong, A. Liu, R. Jones, O. Cohen, D. Hak, R. Nicolaescu, A. Fang, M. Paniccia, An all-silicon Raman laser, Nature. 433 (2005) 292–294.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
M.L. Leibowitz, A. Bova, P.B. Hammond, The Endowment Model of Investing, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2010.
An edited book
G. Infanger, ed., Stochastic Programming: The State of the Art In Honor of George B. Dantzig, Springer, New York, NY, 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
D. Leslie, C. Sherfield, N.P. Smart, Threshold FlipThem: When the Winner Does Not Need to Take All, in: M. Khouzani, E. Panaousis, G. Theodorakopoulos (Eds.), Decision and Game Theory for Security: 6th International Conference, GameSec 2015, London, UK, November 4-5, 2015, Proceedings, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015: pp. 74–92.

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 Clinical Biochemistry.

Blog post
K. Evans, New Spider Species Named After Harry Potter Sorting Hat, IFLScience. (2016).


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, Aircraft Maintenance: Additional FAA Oversight Needed of Aging Aircraft Repairs (Vol. II), U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1991.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
K.M. Smith, Meanings of “design” in instructional technology: A conceptual analysis based on the field’s foundational literature, Doctoral dissertation, Indiana University, 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
D.A. Kelly, On Road or Trail, Navigating Made Simple, New York Times. (2006) 56.

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 titleClinical Biochemistry
AbbreviationClin. Biochem.
ISSN (print)0009-9120
ScopeClinical Biochemistry
General Medicine

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