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
Narasimha, R. (2001). Sines in terse verse. Nature, 414(6866), 851.
A journal article with 2 authors
Gulden, F. O., & Šestan, N. (2014). Neurobiology: building a bigger brain. Nature, 515(7526), 206–207.
A journal article with 3 authors
Flytzani-Stephanopoulos, M., Sakbodin, M., & Wang, Z. (2006). Regenerative adsorption and removal of H2S from hot fuel gas streams by rare earth oxides. Science (New York, N.Y.), 312(5779), 1508–1510.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Vinci, W., Markström, K., Boixo, S., Roy, A., Spedalieri, F. M., Warburton, P. A., & Severini, S. (2014). Hearing the shape of the Ising model with a programmable superconducting-flux annealer. Scientific reports, 4, 5703.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Buckel, W., & Kleiner, R. (2012). Supraleitung. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Chughtai, B., Te, A. E., & Kaplan, S. A. (Eds.). (2015). Treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: Modern Alternative to Transurethral Resection of the Prostate. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Prasath, R. A., Poyyamoli, G., Boruah, D., Nandhivarman, M., & Edwin, G. A. (2015). The Role of Higher Educational Institutions and Other Training Organizations to Promote Renewable Energy in India. In W. Leal Filho, N. Muthu, G. Edwin, & M. Sima (Eds.), Implementing Campus Greening Initiatives: Approaches, Methods and Perspectives (pp. 37–52). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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
O`Callaghan, J. (2015, August 17). Apollo Astronaut Says Aliens Prevented A Nuclear War On Earth. 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. (2001). Information Technology: Leading Commercial Practices for Outsourcing of Services (No. GAO-02-214). 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
Johnson, A. (2015). Instructional Practices in Physical Education Programs for Students with Disabilities (Doctoral dissertation). Northcentral University, Scottsdale, AZ.

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
Wong, E. (2017, June 2). Can China Lead Way on Climate Change? Domestic Divide Could Make It Difficult. New York Times, p. A7.

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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