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
Downer, J.
    2001    ‘A tortured tale of supply and demand’, Nature 410 (6829) (April 5): 624
A journal article with 2 authors
Abbott, A., and D. Cyranoski
    2003    ‘Biologists seek to head off future sources of infection’, Nature 423 (6935) (May 1): 3
A journal article with 3 authors
Kushiro, T., E. Nambara, and P. McCourt
    2003    ‘Hormone evolution: The key to signalling’, Nature 422 (6928) (March 13): 122
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Miritello, G., R. Lara, M. Cebrian, and E. Moro
    2013    ‘Limited communication capacity unveils strategies for human interaction’, Scientific reports 3: 1950

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Pakurar, A. S., and J. W. Bigbee
    2005    Digital Histology (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.), January 28
An edited book
Spandau, U.
    2015    Small-Gauge Vitrectomy for Diabetic Retinopathy. Ed. Z. Tomic (Cham: Springer International Publishing)
A chapter in an edited book
Dong, X., J. A. Clark, and J. L. Jacob
    2008    ‘Threat Modelling in User Performed Authentication’, in L. Chen, M. D. Ryan, and G. Wang (eds.), Information and Communications Security: 10th International Conference, ICICS 2008 Birmingham, UK, October 20 - 22, 2008 Proceedings (Lecture Notes in Computer ScienceBerlin, Heidelberg: Springer): 49–64

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
Taub, B.
    2016    How Lobsters Eat Venomous Jellyfish Without Getting Stung, IFLScience (IFLScience), August 25


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
    2000    Math and Science Education: Comprehensive Information About Federally Funded Materials Not Available (Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office), July 12

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Walker, N. A.
    2010    Mothers’ description of raising two children with an autism spectrum disorder: A case study Doctoral dissertation, (Minneapolis, MN: Capella 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
Brantley, B.
    2017    ‘A Household In Thrall To Tales Told’, New York Times, May 5

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Downer 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Downer 2001; Abbott and Cyranoski 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Abbott and Cyranoski 2003)
  • Three authors: (Kushiro, Nambara, and McCourt 2003)
  • 4 or more authors: (Miritello 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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