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
Linden, H. (2002). Circadian rhythms. A white collar protein senses blue light. Science (New York, N.Y.), 297(5582), 777–778.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ewing, R. C., & von Hippel, F. N. (2009). Energy. Nuclear waste management in the United States--starting over. Science (New York, N.Y.), 325(5937), 151–152.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lowman, M., D’Avanzo, C., & Brewer, C. (2009). Ecology. A national ecological network for research and education. Science (New York, N.Y.), 323(5918), 1172–1173.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Nash, D. R., Als, T. D., Maile, R., Jones, G. R., & Boomsma, J. J. (2008). A mosaic of chemical coevolution in a large blue butterfly. Science (New York, N.Y.), 319(5859), 88–90.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG. (2013). Funding Atlas 2012. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Biollay, Y. (2007). Matematica si parte!: Nozioni di base ed esercizi per il primo anno di Ingegneria. (A. Chaabouni, J. Stubbe, & A. Quarteroni, Eds.). Milano: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
da Silva, A., Lechevallier, Y., & de Carvalho, F. (2009). Comparing Clustering on Symbolic Data. In N. Nedjah, L. de Macedo Mourelle, J. Kacprzyk, F. M. G. França, & A. F. de De Souza (Eds.), Intelligent Text Categorization and Clustering (pp. 81–94). 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
Andrews, R. (2016, April 29). 3D “Semantic Atlas” Of The Brain Reveals How We All Give Meaning To Words. 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. (2006). Troops-To-Teachers: Program Brings More Men and Minorities to the Teaching Workforce, but Education Could Improve Management to Enhance Results (No. GAO-06-265). 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
Singh, A. (2017). Improving the Usability of Typometric Solutions (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Sophia Kishkovsky; Compiled by. (2005, November 26). Arts, Briefly; Russian News Anchor Barred From Studio. New York Times, p. B10.

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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