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
Bignami, G.F., 2009. Astronomy. Celebrating the 400th anniversary of telescope astronomy. Science 324, 1149–1150.
A journal article with 2 authors
McLennan, M.R., Hockings, K.J., 2014. Wild chimpanzees show group differences in selection of agricultural crops. Sci. Rep. 4, 5956.
A journal article with 3 authors
Chaudhuri, J., Khuong, C., Alt, F.W., 2004. Replication protein A interacts with AID to promote deamination of somatic hypermutation targets. Nature 430, 992–998.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Xie, J., Xu, G., Wang, J., Zhang, S., Zhang, F., Li, Y., Han, C., Li, L., 2014. Addition of visual noise boosts evoked potential-based brain-computer interface. Sci. Rep. 4, 4953.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Nemethy, L., 2011. Business Exit Planning. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Schonmann, S. (Ed.), 2011. Key Concepts in Theatre/Drama Education. SensePublishers, Rotterdam.
A chapter in an edited book
Yamanaka, N., Hou, Q.-C., Du, S., 2014. Vegetation of the Loess Plateau, in: Tsunekawa, A., Liu, G., Yamanaka, N., Du, S. (Eds.), Restoration and Development of the Degraded Loess Plateau, China, Ecological Research Monographs. Springer Japan, Tokyo, pp. 49–60.

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., 2013. Video shows that seahorses are master assassins of the ocean [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, 2011. DOD Education Benefits: Increased Oversight of Tuition Assistance Program Is Needed (No. GAO-11-300). 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
Betito, J.-J.H., 2012. Improving the well-being of Filipino homebound adults through religious involvement, education, and socialization: A grant proposal (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
Fausset, R., 2017. After Proudly Defying Washington, Hard-Hit Texas Needs Its Aid. New York Times A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bignami, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Bignami, 2009; McLennan and Hockings, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (McLennan and Hockings, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Xie et al., 2014)

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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