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
Lee, J. D.
    2009    ‘Engineering. Can technology get your eyes back on the road?’, Science (New York, N.Y.) 324 (5925) (April 17): 344–346
A journal article with 2 authors
Wade, J., and B. J. Wood
    2001    ‘The Earth’s “missing” niobium may be in the core’, Nature 409 (6816) (January 4): 75–78
A journal article with 3 authors
Lee, M. G., H. S. Park, and H. S. Hwang
    2010    ‘Detection of a large-scale structure of intracluster globular clusters in the Virgo cluster’, Science (New York, N.Y.) 328 (5976) (April 16): 334–336
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Hutson, M. S., Y. Tokutake, M.-S. Chang, J. W. Bloor, S. Venakides, D. P. Kiehart, and G. S. Edwards
    2003    ‘Forces for morphogenesis investigated with laser microsurgery and quantitative modeling’, Science (New York, N.Y.) 300 (5616) (April 4): 145–149

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Dallas, H. J.
    2015    Mastering the Challenges of Leading change (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc), November 9
An edited book
Anderson, J., ed.
    2013    Leading Cases in Sports Law (ASSER International Sports Law SeriesThe Hague, The Netherlands: T. M. C. Asser Press)
A chapter in an edited book
Talamonti, M. S.
    2016    ‘Management Controversies and Treatment Strategies for Borderline Resectable Pancreatic Cancer’, in D. Bentrem and A. B. Benson (eds.), Gastrointestinal Malignancies (Cancer Treatment and ResearchCham: Springer International Publishing): 59–75

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
Davis, J.
    2015    One In Eight Children Currently At Risk Of Measles In The U.S, IFLScience (IFLScience), October 10


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
    1998    Aviation Safety: FAA’s Use of Emergency Orders to Revoke or Suspend Operating Certificates (Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office), August 6

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Conill, A. L.
    2015    Dosimetric consequences of the parotid glands using CT-to-CBCT deformable registration during IMRT for late stage head and neck cancers Doctoral dissertation, (Boca Raton, FL: Florida Atlantic 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
Koblin, J., and B. Barnes
    2017    ‘Hulu’s Chief Since 2013 Quits to Lead Sony TV Unit’, New York Times, October 24

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lee 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Lee 2009; Wade and Wood 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Wade and Wood 2001)
  • Three authors: (Lee, Park, and Hwang 2010)
  • 4 or more authors: (Hutson et al. 2003)

About the journal

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

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