How to format your references using the International Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal of Biochemistry and Cell 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
Olson, M.V., 2011. Genome-sequencing anniversary. What does a “normal” human genome look like? Science 331, 872.
A journal article with 2 authors
Patel, M.R., Shen, K., 2009. RSY-1 is a local inhibitor of presynaptic assembly in C. elegans. Science 323, 1500–1503.
A journal article with 3 authors
Boisvert, C.A., Mark-Kurik, E., Ahlberg, P.E., 2008. The pectoral fin of Panderichthys and the origin of digits. Nature 456, 636–638.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Bonke, M., Thitamadee, S., Mähönen, A.P., Hauser, M.-T., Helariutta, Y., 2003. APL regulates vascular tissue identity in Arabidopsis. Nature 426, 181–186.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Coe, J.T., 2000. Unlikely Victory: How General Electric Succeeded in the Chemical Industry. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Polycarpou, M., Carvalho, A.C.P.L.F. de, Pan, J.-S., Woźniak, M., Quintian, H., Corchado, E. (Eds.), 2014. Hybrid Artificial Intelligence Systems: 9th International Conference, HAIS 2014, Salamanca, Spain, June 11-13, 2014. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Koshy, K., Stevenson, L.A., Boonjawat, J., Campbell, J.R., Ebi, K.L., Lotia, H., Zondervan, R., 2014. Climate and Society, in: Manton, M., Stevenson, L.A. (Eds.), Climate in Asia and the Pacific: Security, Society and Sustainability, Advances in Global Change Research. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp. 199–252.

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 International Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biology.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2015. Why Brontosaurus Is No Longer A Dirty Word For Dinosaur Hunters [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, 2002. Federal Student Aid: Progress in Integrating Pell Grant and Direct Loan Systems and Processes, but Critical Work Remains (No. GAO-03-241). 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
Ibarra, A.L., 2017. Novice Clinicians and the Experience of Transcendence in Clinical Training and Supervision (Doctoral dissertation). Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.

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
Conte, L., 2011. Scouting Report. New York Times E4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Olson, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Olson, 2011; Patel and Shen, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Patel and Shen, 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Bonke et al., 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleInternational Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biology
AbbreviationInt. J. Biochem. Cell Biol.
ISSN (print)1357-2725
Cell Biology

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