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
Paulus, M. P. (2007). Decision-making dysfunctions in psychiatry--altered homeostatic processing? Science (New York, N.Y.), 318(5850), 602–606.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wang, X., & Ha, T. (2013). Defining single molecular forces required to activate integrin and notch signaling. Science (New York, N.Y.), 340(6135), 991–994.
A journal article with 3 authors
Grenier, I. A., Casandjian, J.-M., & Terrier, R. (2005). Unveiling extensive clouds of dark gas in the solar neighborhood. Science (New York, N.Y.), 307(5713), 1292–1295.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Mo, M. Z., Chen, Z., Li, R. K., Dunning, M., Witte, B. B. L., Baldwin, J. K., … Glenzer, S. H. (2018). Heterogeneous to homogeneous melting transition visualized with ultrafast electron diffraction. Science (New York, N.Y.), 360(6396), 1451–1455.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Mowlaee, P., Kulmer, J., Stahl, J., & Mayer, F. (2017). Single Channel Phase-Aware Signal Processing in Speech Communication: Theory and Practice. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Naterer, G. F. (2013). Hydrogen Production from Nuclear Energy. (I. Dincer & C. Zamfirescu, Eds.). London: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Perotti, L., Lasagna, M., Clemente, P., Dino, G. A., & De Luca, D. A. (2015). Remote Sensing and Hydrogeological Methodologies for Irrigation Canal Water Losses Detection: The Naviglio di Bra Test Site (NW-Italy). In G. Lollino, M. Arattano, M. Rinaldi, O. Giustolisi, J.-C. Marechal, & G. E. Grant (Eds.), Engineering Geology for Society and Territory - Volume 3: River Basins, Reservoir Sedimentation and Water Resources (pp. 19–22). 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
Fang, J. (2014, April 17). T. Rex’s Strong Neck Makes Up for Short Arms. 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. (1968). Opportunity To Reduce Costs Substantially In Acquiring Teletypewriters For Use In The Advanced Record System Communications Network (No. B-162104). 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
Rangwala, R. (2005). The Role of the PDZ Protein, Erbin, in Schwann Cells (Doctoral dissertation). University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

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
Sisario, B. (2017, June 2). Concord Bicycle Music Buying Imagem Music. New York Times, p. B6.

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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