How to format your references using the EURASIP Journal on Bioinformatics and Systems Biology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for EURASIP Journal on Bioinformatics and Systems Biology. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Moses, M. (2009). Being human: engineering: worldwide ebb. Nature, 457(7230), 660–661.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hench, L. L., & Polak, J. M. (2002). Third-generation biomedical materials. Science (New York, N.Y.), 295(5557), 1014–1017.
A journal article with 3 authors
Huey, D. J., Hu, J. C., & Athanasiou, K. A. (2012). Unlike bone, cartilage regeneration remains elusive. Science (New York, N.Y.), 338(6109), 917–921.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Hirota, K., Miyoshi, T., Kugou, K., Hoffman, C. S., Shibata, T., & Ohta, K. (2008). Stepwise chromatin remodelling by a cascade of transcription initiation of non-coding RNAs. Nature, 456(7218), 130–134.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Desmond, K. K. (2011). Ideas about Art. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Chan, A. H. S., & Ao, S.-I. (Eds.). (2008). Advances in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (Vol. 5). Boston, MA: Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Tönnies, S., & Balke, W.-T. (2010). Uncovering Hidden Qualities – Benefits of Quality Measures for Automatically Generated Metadata. In M. Lalmas, J. Jose, A. Rauber, F. Sebastiani, & I. Frommholz (Eds.), Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries: 14th European Conference, ECDL 2010, Glasgow, UK, September 6-10, 2010. Proceedings (pp. 30–37). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

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 EURASIP Journal on Bioinformatics and Systems Biology.

Blog post
Taub, B. (2016, October 13). Calcium Supplements May Increase The Risk Of Heart Disease, Study Finds. IFLScience. IFLScience. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (1997). Transportation Infrastructure: Highway Pavement Design Guide Is Outdated (No. RCED-98-9). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Pobat, M. (2012). It is all in the Mind of the Manager—Using Cognitive Complexity to Explore the Global Mindset—A Comparative Case Study (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Montague, J. (2017, April 4). A Storied Name in Soccer Faces an Uncertain Future. New York Times, p. B7.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1, 2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleEURASIP Journal on Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
AbbreviationEURASIP J. Bioinform. Syst. Biol.
ISSN (online)1687-4153
ScopeGeneral Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
Computer Science Applications
Computational Mathematics

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