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
Masocha W. Paclitaxel-induced hyposensitivity to nociceptive chemical stimulation in mice can be prevented by treatment with minocycline. Sci Rep 2014;4:6719.
A journal article with 2 authors
Chandler JA, Turelli M. Comment on “The hologenomic basis of speciation: gut bacteria cause hybrid lethality in the genus Nasonia.” Science 2014;345:1011.
A journal article with 3 authors
Jackson DE, Holcombe M, Ratnieks FLW. Trail geometry gives polarity to ant foraging networks. Nature 2004;432:907–9.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Doyle PS, Bibette J, Bancaud A, Viovy J-L. Self-assembled magnetic matrices for DNA separation chips. Science 2002;295:2237.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Pederson LD. Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2015.
An edited book
Campbell J, Baikaloff N, Power C, editors. Towards a Global Community: Educating for Tomorrow’s World. vol. 7. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2006.
A chapter in an edited book
Nafz F, Seebach H, Steghöfer J-P, Anders G, Reif W. Constraining Self-organisation Through Corridors of Correct Behaviour: The Restore Invariant Approach. In: Müller-Schloer C, Schmeck H, Ungerer T, editors. Organic Computing — A Paradigm Shift for Complex Systems, Basel: Springer; 2011, p. 79–93.

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 D. Phosphorus Is Vital For Life On Earth – And We’re Running Low. IFLScience 2017. (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. Air Traffic Control: Timely Completion of FAA’s Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System Software Is at Risk. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1998.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Ballan AO. The selfie generation: Students’ perceptions of classroom incivility in social work education. Doctoral dissertation. California State University, Long Beach, 2015.

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
Neuman W. Colombia Rebels End Truce After a Government Attack. New York Times 2015:A6.

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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