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
Miller JR. Applied physics. Valuing reversible energy storage. Science 2012;335:1312–3.
A journal article with 2 authors
Li G-W, Xie XS. Central dogma at the single-molecule level in living cells. Nature 2011;475:308–15.
A journal article with 3 authors
Taneike M, Abe F, Sawada K. Creep-strengthening of steel at high temperatures using nano-sized carbonitride dispersions. Nature 2003;424:294–6.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Lawrence JS, Ashley MCB, Tokovinin A, Travouillon T. Exceptional astronomical seeing conditions above Dome C in Antarctica. Nature 2004;431:278–81.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Simpkins CA, Simpkins AM. Zen Meditation in Psychotherapy. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2011.
An edited book
Muñoz-Ávila H, Ricci F, editors. Case-Based Reasoning Research and Development: 6th International Conference on Case-Based Reasoning, ICCBR 2005, Chicago, IL, USA, August 23-26, 2005. Proceedings. vol. 3620. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2005.
A chapter in an edited book
Maggiorini M, Bärtsch P, Swenson ER. Pulmonary Circulation. In: Swenson ER, Bärtsch P, editors. High Altitude: Human Adaptation to Hypoxia, New York, NY: Springer; 2014, p. 85–102.

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
Carpineti A. Peer-Reviewed Paper On EmDrive To Be Published In December. IFLScience 2016. (accessed October 30, 2018).


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. Information Technology Reform: Progress Made; More Needs to Be Done to Complete Actions and Measure Results. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2012.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Rodriguez PJ. “Stepping stones”: Empowering mental health patients through connections with significant others: A grant proposal. Doctoral dissertation. California State University, Long Beach, 2013.

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
Wagner J. Lugo’s Tear to Cost Him Two Weeks, Minimum. New York Times 2017:B9.

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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