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.
    2003    ‘Thinking ahead’, Nature 423 (6939) (May 29): 565
A journal article with 2 authors
Savaglio, S., and V. Carbone
    2000    ‘Scaling in athletic world records’, Nature 404 (6775) (March 16): 244
A journal article with 3 authors
Kuhn, J. R., M. Emilio, and R. Bush
    2009    ‘Comment on “A large excess in apparent solar oblateness due to surface magnetism”’, Science (New York, N.Y.) 324 (5931) (May 29): 1143; author reply 1143
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Kuwatani, T., K. Nagata, M. Okada, T. Watanabe, Y. Ogawa, T. Komai, and N. Tsuchiya
    2014    ‘Machine-learning techniques for geochemical discrimination of 2011 Tohoku tsunami deposits’, Scientific reports 4 (November 17): 7077

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Peterson, R. L.
    2016    Trading on Sentiment (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc), February 23
An edited book
Reiner, G., ed.
    2009    Rapid Modelling for Increasing Competitiveness: Tools and Mindset (London: Springer)
A chapter in an edited book
Şakul, K.
    2011    ‘General Observations on the Ottoman Military Industry, 1774–1839: Problems of Organization and Standardization’, in F. Günergun and D. Raina (eds.), Science between Europe and Asia: Historical Studies on the Transmission, Adoption and Adaptation of Knowledge (Boston Studies in the Philosophy of ScienceDordrecht: Springer Netherlands): 41–55

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.
    2014    Ancient ‘Monster’ Sea Scorpions Were Gentle Giants, IFLScience (IFLScience), July 9


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
    1974    Space Transportation System (Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office), June 1

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Burugupalli, R. T.
    2017    2x1 Space-Time MIMO-OFDM Parallel Cancellation Scheme with Viterbi Decoding Doctoral dissertation, (Long Beach, CA: California State University, Long Beach)

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.
    2007    ‘Justices Raise Doubts on Campaign Finance Law’, New York Times, April 26

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Smaglik 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Smaglik 2003; Savaglio and Carbone 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Savaglio and Carbone 2000)
  • Three authors: (Kuhn, Emilio, and Bush 2009)
  • 4 or more authors: (Kuwatani 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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