How to format your references using the Currents in Biblical Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Currents in Biblical Research. 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
Smaglik, P.
    2002    ‘Lessons in career planning’, Nature 418 (6898) (August 8): 3
A journal article with 2 authors
Kepinski, S., and O. Leyser
    2005    ‘The Arabidopsis F-box protein TIR1 is an auxin receptor’, Nature 435 (7041) (May 26): 446–451
A journal article with 3 authors
De’ath, G., J. M. Lough, and K. E. Fabricius
    2009    ‘Declining coral calcification on the Great Barrier Reef’, Science (New York, N.Y.) 323 (5910) (January 2): 116–119
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Nedelec, S. L., A. N. Radford, S. D. Simpson, B. Nedelec, D. Lecchini, and S. C. Mills
    2014    ‘Anthropogenic noise playback impairs embryonic development and increases mortality in a marine invertebrate’, Scientific reports 4 (July 31): 5891

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Held, G.
    2001    Bulletproofing TCP/IP-based Windows NT/2000 Networks (Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd), October 5
An edited book
Verma, D. P. S., and Z. Hong, ed.
    2008    Cell Division Control in Plants (Plant Cell Monographs; vol. 9Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer)
A chapter in an edited book
Ifenthaler, D., and P. Pirnay-Dummer
    2011    ‘States and Processes of Learning Communities. Engaging Students in Meaningful Reflection and Learning’, in B. White, I. King, and P. Tsang (eds.), Social Media Tools and Platforms in Learning Environments (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer): 81–94

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 Currents in Biblical Research.

Blog post
Andrew, E.
    2015    World’s Largest Asteroid Impact Site Could Be Right Here In Australia, IFLScience (IFLScience), April 7


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
    1976    Geographical Distribution Of Federal Science Funds To Colleges And Universities (Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office), April 16

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Clendening, R. J.
    2009    A structured methodology for unifying functional analysis with systems analysis to enhance system behavior knowledge Doctoral dissertation, (Washington, DC: George Washington University)

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
Grynbaum, M. M.
    2017    ‘A Network vs. the President’, New York Times, July 6

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Smaglik 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Smaglik 2002; Kepinski and Leyser 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Kepinski and Leyser 2005)
  • Three authors: (De’ath, Lough, and Fabricius 2009)
  • 4 or more authors: (Nedelec et al. 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleCurrents in Biblical Research
AbbreviationCurr. Biblic. Res.
ISSN (print)1476-993X
ISSN (online)1745-5200

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