How to format your references using the Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Insect Biochemistry and Molecular 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
Amelino-Camelia, G., 2012. No theory is too special to question. Nature 483, 125.
A journal article with 2 authors
Dove, W., Susman, M., 2012. Retrospective. James F. Crow (1916-2012). Science 335, 812.
A journal article with 3 authors
Beachy, P.A., Karhadkar, S.S., Berman, D.M., 2004. Tissue repair and stem cell renewal in carcinogenesis. Nature 432, 324–331.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Mold, M., Ouro-Gnao, L., Wieckowski, B.M., Exley, C., 2013. Copper prevents amyloid-β(1-42) from forming amyloid fibrils under near-physiological conditions in vitro. Sci. Rep. 3, 1256.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Robinson, N., Hall, G., Fawcett, W., 2011. How to Survive in Anaesthesia. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Meyers, M.A., 2011. Meyers’ Dynamic Radiology of the Abdomen: Normal and Pathologic Anatomy, 6th ed. Springer, New York, NY.
A chapter in an edited book
Ross, C., 2016. Innovating Means of Payment in Chile, 1840s–1860, in: Batiz-Lazo, B., Efthymiou, L. (Eds.), The Book of Payments: Historical and Contemporary Views on the Cashless Society. Palgrave Macmillan UK, London, pp. 33–42.

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 Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Blog post
Hamilton, K., 2017. New Genetically Engineered American Chestnut Will Help Restore The Decimated, Iconic Tree [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1996. WMATA’s Administrative Costs and Largo Extension (No. RCED-96-132R). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Pookcharoen, S., 2009. Metacognitive online reading strategies among Thai EFL university students (Doctoral dissertation). Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

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
Traub, J., 2016. Types of Catastrophe. New York Times BR12.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Amelino-Camelia, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Amelino-Camelia, 2012; Dove and Susman, 2012).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Dove and Susman, 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Mold et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleInsect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
AbbreviationInsect Biochem. Mol. Biol.
ISSN (print)0965-1748
ScopeInsect Science
Molecular Biology

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