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
Perros, M. (2015). Infectious disease. A sustainable model for antibiotics. Science (New York, N.Y.), 347(6226), 1062–1064.
A journal article with 2 authors
Campbell, I. H., & O’Neill, H. S. C. (2012). Evidence against a chondritic Earth. Nature, 483(7391), 553–558.
A journal article with 3 authors
Greene, C. H., Monger, B. C., & McGarry, L. P. (2009). Ecology. Some like it cold. Science (New York, N.Y.), 324(5928), 733–734.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Chang, C. C., Nicholson, A. N., Rinaldi, E., Berkowitz, E., Garron, N., Brantley, D. A., … Walker-Loud, A. (2018). A per-cent-level determination of the nucleon axial coupling from quantum chromodynamics. Nature, 558(7708), 91–94.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lemberger, P., & Morel, M. (2012). Managing Complexity of Information Systems. Hoboken, NJ USA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Gandhi, A., Malhotra, N., Malhotra, J., Gupta, N., & Bora, N. M. (Eds.). (2016). Principles of Critical Care in Obstetrics: Volume II (1st ed. 2016.). New Delhi: Springer India.
A chapter in an edited book
Todt, H. (2010). Reinhard Selten and the Scientific Climate in Frankfurt During the Fifties. In A. Sadrieh & A. Ockenfels (Eds.), The Selten School of Behavioral Economics: A Collection of Essays in Honor of Reinhard Selten (pp. 29–32). 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
Andrew, E. (2014, January 31). Polar bear cub at Toronto Zoo has first experience with snow. 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. (1987). Digests of Unpublished Decisions of the Comptroller General of the United States, Vol. IV, No. 2 (No. 135433). 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
Brooks, C. E. (2010). Action research: Interventions for helping leaders use groups to affect conflict between workforce generations (Doctoral dissertation). University of Phoenix, Phoenix, 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
Shear, M. D., & Kelly, K. (2017, April 26). Still Civic-Minded, but He’ll Speak for $400,000. New York Times, p. A13.

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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