How to format your references using the Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces. 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
[1]
K.E. Trenberth, Changes in tropical clouds and radiation, Science. 296 (2002) 2095.
A journal article with 2 authors
[1]
M.P. Gutierrez, L.P. Lee, Engineering. Multiscale design and integration of sustainable building functions, Science. 341 (2013) 247–248.
A journal article with 3 authors
[1]
M.-C. Koschowitz, C. Fischer, M. Sander, Evolution. Beyond the rainbow, Science. 346 (2014) 416–418.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
[1]
X. Sun, J. Kaur, S. Milojević, A. Flammini, F. Menczer, Social dynamics of science, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 1069.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
[1]
A. Fight, Understanding International Bank Risk, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Oxford, UK, 2004.
An edited book
[1]
S. Fischer-Hübner, S. Furnell, C. Lambrinoudakis, eds., Trust and Privacy in Digital Business: Third International Conference, TrustBus 2006, Kraków, Poland, September 4-8, 2006. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2006.
A chapter in an edited book
[1]
J.M. Hutson, S.W. Beasley, Inguinoscrotal Lesions, in: S.W. Beasley (Ed.), The Surgical Examination of Children, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2013: pp. 41–61.

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 Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces.

Blog post
[1]
E. Andrew, Machinery In Nature, IFLScience. (2013).

Reports

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, Intermodal Transportation: Results of GAO’s Survey on Air-Rail Connectivity (GAO-13-692SP, August 2013), an E-supplement to GAO-13-691, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2013.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
[1]
D.E. Milliken, Blood pressure measurement in the primary care provider setting: A project evaluating the blood pressure technique of nursing staff, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2012.

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]
G. Vecsey, Welcoming Back N.B.A. With Open Yawns, New York Times. (2011) B16.

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 titleColloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces
AbbreviationColloids Surf. B Biointerfaces
ISSN (print)0927-7765
ScopeBiotechnology
Colloid and Surface Chemistry
Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
General Medicine
Surfaces and Interfaces

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