How to format your references using the Computational Biology and Chemistry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Computational Biology and Chemistry. 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
Cyranoski, D., 2004. Curiosity makes way for capitalism. Nature 429, 216–219.
A journal article with 2 authors
Tyers, M., Mann, M., 2003. From genomics to proteomics. Nature 422, 193–197.
A journal article with 3 authors
van Doorn, G.S., Edelaar, P., Weissing, F.J., 2009. On the origin of species by natural and sexual selection. Science 326, 1704–1707.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Van Horn, W.D., Kim, H.-J., Ellis, C.D., Hadziselimovic, A., Sulistijo, E.S., Karra, M.D., Tian, C., Sönnichsen, F.D., Sanders, C.R., 2009. Solution nuclear magnetic resonance structure of membrane-integral diacylglycerol kinase. Science 324, 1726–1729.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Graham, L., 2010. Complying with Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Amoretti, M.C., Vassallo, N. (Eds.), 2016. Meta-Philosophical Reflection on Feminist Philosophies of Science, 1st ed. 2016. ed, Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Baquero Cruz, J., 2011. The Case Law of the European Court of Justice on the Mobility of Patients: An Assessment, in: Gronden, J.W. van de, Szyszczak, E., Neergaard, U., Krajewski, M. (Eds.), Health Care and EU Law. T. M. C. Asser Press, The Hague, The Netherlands, pp. 79–102.

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 Biology and Chemistry.

Blog post
Andrews, R., 2017. Half Of All PhD Students Suffer From Psychological Distress [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 2006. Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites: Additional Action Needed to Incorporate Lessons Learned from Other Satellite Programs (No. GAO-06-1129T). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Svarda, D., 2010. Man 2 Man (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Greenhouse, L., 2010. American (Judicial) Idol. New York Times A19.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Cyranoski, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Cyranoski, 2004; Tyers and Mann, 2003).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Tyers and Mann, 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Van Horn et al., 2009)

About the journal

Full journal titleComputational Biology and Chemistry
AbbreviationComput. Biol. Chem.
ISSN (print)1476-9271
Structural Biology
Organic Chemistry
Computational Mathematics

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