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
Epstein, I.R., 2007. Chemistry. Can droplets and bubbles think? Science 315, 775–776.
A journal article with 2 authors
Florence, T.J., Reiser, M.B., 2015. Neuroscience: hot on the trail of temperature processing. Nature 519, 296–297.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kobayashi, T., Saito, T., Ohtani, H., 2001. Real-time spectroscopy of transition states in bacteriorhodopsin during retinal isomerization. Nature 414, 531–534.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Schneider, S., Walther, C., Bister, S., Schauer, V., Christl, M., Synal, H.-A., Shozugawa, K., Steinhauser, G., 2013. Plutonium release from Fukushima Daiichi fosters the need for more detailed investigations. Sci. Rep. 3, 2988.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Steland, A., 2012. Financial Statistics and Mathematical Finance. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Tarbouriech, S., Garcia, G., Glattfelder, A.H. (Eds.), 2007. Advanced Strategies in Control Systems with Input and Output Constraints, Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Rockwell, J.A., Krishnamurty, S., Grosse, I.R., Wileden, J., 2009. Integrating Distributed Design Information in Decision-Based Design, in: Raghavan, N.R.S., Cafeo, J.A. (Eds.), Product Research: The Art and Science Behind Successful Product Launches. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp. 67–90.

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
Luntz, S., 2014. Groundbreaking New Study Transforms Skin Cells Into Healthy Liver Cells [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, 1985. Information on the National School Safety Center (No. GGD-85-74). 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
Monk, K.J., 2014. Effects of distractors and force feedback on an aimed movement task in a CDTI environment (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, 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
Williams, M.E., 2014. A Second Embrace, With Hearts and Eyes Open. New York Times ST6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Epstein, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Epstein, 2007; Florence and Reiser, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Florence and Reiser, 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Schneider et al., 2013)

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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