How to format your references using the Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal. 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]
Heeney JL. Ebola: Hidden reservoirs. Nature 2015;527:453–5.
A journal article with 2 authors
[1]
Fukuchi-Shimogori T, Grove EA. Neocortex patterning by the secreted signaling molecule FGF8. Science 2001;294:1071–4.
A journal article with 3 authors
[1]
Mossinger J, White M, Goymer P. Coastal regions. Nature 2013;504:35.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
[1]
Ji Q, Ji S-A, Cheng Y-N, You H-L, Lü J-C, Liu Y-Q, et al. Palaeontology: pterosaur egg with a leathery shell. Nature 2004;432:572.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
[1]
Karlson B, Bria A, Lind J, Lönnqvist P, Norlin C. Wireless Foresight. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2005.
An edited book
[1]
Massi D, editor. Dermatopathology. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
[1]
De Raedt H, De Raedt K, Michielsen K. Event-by-Event Simulation of Quantum Phenomena. In: Landau DP, Lewis SP, Schüttler H-B, editors. Computer Simulation Studies in Condensed-Matter Physics XVIII: Proceedings of the Eighteenth Workshop Athens, GA, USA, March 7–11, 2005, Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2006, p. 27–31.

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 Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal.

Blog post
[1]
Carpineti A. New Simulation Helps Explain The Mysteries Of Supercooled Water. IFLScience 2017. https://www.iflscience.com/physics/new-simulation-helps-explain-the-mysteries-of-supercooled-water/ (accessed October 30, 2018).

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. Educating People at Risk for AIDS. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1988.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
[1]
Thomack A. Random Harmonic Polynomials. Doctoral dissertation. Florida Atlantic University, 2017.

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]
Thrush G, Kelly K, Haberman M. Widespread Cuts in Trump Budget Bypass Military. New York Times 2017:A1.

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 titleComputational and Structural Biotechnology Journal
AbbreviationComput. Struct. Biotechnol. J.
ISSN (print)2001-0370
ScopeBiochemistry
Biophysics
Biotechnology
Genetics
Structural Biology
Computer Science Applications

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