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
P.S. Julienne, Low-temperature physics: Chaos in the cold, Nature. 507 (2014) 440–441.
A journal article with 2 authors
J.J. Devery 3rd, C.R.J. Stephenson, Catalysis: dual catalysis at the flick of a switch, Nature. 519 (2015) 42–43.
A journal article with 3 authors
M. Gong, A. Kirkeminde, S. Ren, Symmetry-defying iron pyrite (FeS₂) nanocrystals through oriented attachment, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 2092.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
D.R. Lorimer, M. Bailes, M.A. McLaughlin, D.J. Narkevic, F. Crawford, A bright millisecond radio burst of extragalactic origin, Science. 318 (2007) 777–780.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
D.R. Derryberry, Basic Data Analysis for Time Series with R, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2014.
An edited book
D.E. Kalz, Thermal Comfort and Energy-Efficient Cooling of Nonresidential Buildings, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
J. Austin, J. Bentkover, L. Chait, Tools for Transformational Strategic Planning, in: J. Austin, J. Bentkover, L. Chait (Eds.), Leading Strategic Change in an Era of Healthcare Transformation, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016: pp. 47–70.

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
E. Andrew, This Will Revolutionize Education, IFLScience. (2014). (accessed October 30, 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
Government Accountability Office, Aviation: FAA’s Use and Management of Communications Resources, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1990.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
O. Sato, The use of statistical metrics as a decision making tool in brief experimental analysis, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2010.

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
S. Joy, Time to Take the Leap, New York Times. (2013) E11.

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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