How to format your references using the Immuno-analyse et biologie spécialisée citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Immuno-analyse et biologie spécialisée. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Yarus M. Molecular biology. Climbing in 190 dimensions. Science 2011;332:181–2.
A journal article with 2 authors
Zhang W, Luck SJ. Discrete fixed-resolution representations in visual working memory. Nature 2008;453:233–5.
A journal article with 3 authors
Gibbs KA, Urbanowski ML, Greenberg EP. Genetic determinants of self identity and social recognition in bacteria. Science 2008;321:256–9.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Jayawardhana S, Rosa L, Juodkazis S, Stoddart PR. Additional enhancement of electric field in surface-enhanced Raman Scattering due to Fresnel mechanism. Sci Rep 2013;3:2335.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kubicek CP. Fungi and Lignocellulosic Biomass. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell; 2012.
An edited book
Renz M, Shahabi C, Zhou X, Cheema MA, editors. Database Systems for Advanced Applications: 20th International Conference, DASFAA 2015, Hanoi, Vietnam, April 20-23, 2015, Proceedings, Part II. vol. 9050. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
Mimura N, Shikida A, Yamao M. Policy for Conservation and Sustainable Development of the Coastal Zone. In: Mimura N, editor. Asia-Pacific Coasts and Their Management: States of Environment, Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2008, p. 173–253.

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 Immuno-analyse et biologie spécialisée.

Blog post
Andrew E. How Poo-Sniffing Detective Dogs Can Save Elusive, Rare Gorillas. IFLScience 2015.


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. Human Resources Research and Development Results Can Be Better Managed. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1977.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Johnson BD. Application of systems engineering principles for analysis of utility baseline development process. Doctoral dissertation. California State University, Long Beach, 2017.

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
Barron J. Overlooked Influences in Trump’s Life: A Famous Minister and His Church. New York Times 2016:A14.

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 titleImmuno-analyse et biologie spécialisée
ISSN (print)0923-2532
ScopeClinical Biochemistry
Biochemistry, medical

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