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
Willems, J.
    2003    ‘Bringing down the barriers’, Nature 422 (6931) (April 3): 470
A journal article with 2 authors
Garnero, E. J., and R. Jeanloz
    2000    ‘GEOPHYSICS: Enhanced: Earth’s Enigmatic Interface’, Science (New York, N.Y.) 289 (5476) (July 7): 70–71
A journal article with 3 authors
Stewart, J. T., J. P. Gaebler, and D. S. Jin
    2008    ‘Using photoemission spectroscopy to probe a strongly interacting Fermi gas’, Nature 454 (7205) (August 7): 744–747
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Piatkevich, K. D., V. N. Malashkevich, K. S. Morozova, N. A. Nemkovich, S. C. Almo, and V. V. Verkhusha
    2013    ‘Extended Stokes shift in fluorescent proteins: chromophore-protein interactions in a near-infrared TagRFP675 variant’, Scientific reports 3: 1847

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Li, F.
    2006    Developing Chemical Information Systems (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.), November 15
An edited book
Akçali, E., ed.
    2016    Neoliberal Governmentality and the Future of the State in the Middle East and North Africa (New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan US)
A chapter in an edited book
Urban, C., S. Berghofer, and M. Norrish
    2007    ‘Barendregt’s Variable Convention in Rule Inductions’, in F. Pfenning (ed.), Automated Deduction – CADE-21: 21st International Conference on Automated Deduction Bremen, Germany, July 17-20, 2007 Proceedings (Lecture Notes in Computer ScienceBerlin, Heidelberg: Springer): 35–50

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, D.
    2017    Yes There’s Hope, But Treating Spinal Injuries With Stem Cells Is Not A Reality Yet, IFLScience (IFLScience), February 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
    2010    Information Technology: Management Improvements Are Essential to VA’s Second Effort to Replace Its Outpatient Scheduling System (Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office), May 27

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Dahdah, S.
    2008    Modeling an infrastructure safety rating for vulnerable road users in developing countries 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
Grippe, J.
    2017    ‘A Goal-Oriented Mother’s 2 Forbidden Words: “I Can’t”’, New York Times, January 3

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Willems 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Willems 2003; Garnero and Jeanloz 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Garnero and Jeanloz 2000)
  • Three authors: (Stewart, Gaebler, and Jin 2008)
  • 4 or more authors: (Piatkevich et al. 2013)

About the journal

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

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