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
A. Gutmann, Ethics. The bioethics commission on incidental findings, Science. 342 (2013) 1321–1323.
A journal article with 2 authors
B.L. MacInnis, R.B. Campenot, Retrograde support of neuronal survival without retrograde transport of nerve growth factor, Science. 295 (2002) 1536–1539.
A journal article with 3 authors
L.K. Nielsen, T. Bjørnholm, O.G. Mouritsen, Fluctuations caught in the act, Nature. 404 (2000) 352.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Y. Zhang, X. He, J. Ouyang, H. Yang, Palladium nanoparticles deposited on silanized halloysite nanotubes: synthesis, characterization and enhanced catalytic property, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 2948.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
D.A. Shafer, Hazardous Materials Characterization, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2005.
An edited book
G. Hart-Davis, Beginning Microsoft Office 2010, Apress, Berkeley, CA, 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
A.A. Buzdin, S.A. Lukyanov, Stem-Loop Oligonucleotides as Hybridization Probes and Their Practical Use in Molecular Biology and Biomedicine, in: A.A. Buzdin, S.A. Lukyanov (Eds.), Nucleic Acids Hybridization Modern Applications, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2007: pp. 85–96.

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
J. O`Callaghan, Asteroids Might Camouflage Themselves With Material From Elsewhere, IFLScience. (2017). (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, Tax Systems Modernization: Factors Critical to Success, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1992.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
M.T. Valley, Deciphering the function of granule cell interneurons in the mouse main olfactory bulb: Insights from adult neurogenesis and local-field potentials, Doctoral dissertation, Columbia University, 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
B. Sisario, J. Coscarelli, Fyre Festival Organizers Face Wrath of Attendees, New York Times. (2017) B4.

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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