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
Cameron, A., 2015. Eric H. Davidson (1937-2015). Nature 526, 196.
A journal article with 2 authors
Melville, W.K., Matusov, P., 2002. Distribution of breaking waves at the ocean surface. Nature 417, 58–63.
A journal article with 3 authors
Zwaan, M.A., van Dokkum, P.G., Verheijen, M.A., 2001. Hydrogen 21-centimeter emission from a galaxy at cosmological distance. Science 293, 1800–1802.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Pascal, J.M., O’Brien, P.J., Tomkinson, A.E., Ellenberger, T., 2004. Human DNA ligase I completely encircles and partially unwinds nicked DNA. Nature 432, 473–478.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Maude, D., 2006. Global Private Banking and Wealth Management. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Oxford, UK.
An edited book
Zamojski, W., Kacprzyk, J., Mazurkiewicz, J., Sugier, J., Walkowiak, T. (Eds.), 2011. Dependable Computer Systems, Advances in Intelligent and Soft Computing. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Kireyev, D., Hung, J., 2016. Valvular Pathology, in: Kireyev, D., Hung, J. (Eds.), Cardiac Imaging in Clinical Practice, In Clinical Practice. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 51–72.

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
Fang, J., 2016. Running Can Boost Your Brain Power [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, 2010. Space Acquisitions: Challenges in Commercializing Technologies Developed under the Small Business Innovation Research Program (No. GAO-11-21). 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
Eaddy, M., 2008. An empirical assessment of the crosscutting concern problem (Doctoral dissertation). Columbia University, New York, NY.

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
Hollander, S., 2000. Kaukenas’s Magical Night Means Romp for Seton Hall. New York Times 84.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Cameron, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Cameron, 2015; Melville and Matusov, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Melville and Matusov, 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Pascal et al., 2004)

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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