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
Griffith, L.C., 2014. Neuroscience: What females really want. Nature 512, 138–139.
A journal article with 2 authors
Pasare, C., Medzhitov, R., 2005. Control of B-cell responses by Toll-like receptors. Nature 438, 364–368.
A journal article with 3 authors
Vance, D., Teagle, D.A.H., Foster, G.L., 2009. Variable Quaternary chemical weathering fluxes and imbalances in marine geochemical budgets. Nature 458, 493–496.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Selker, E.U., Tountas, N.A., Cross, S.H., Margolin, B.S., Murphy, J.G., Bird, A.P., Freitag, M., 2003. The methylated component of the Neurospora crassa genome. Nature 422, 893–897.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Talbot, D.B., 2012. Frequency Acquisition Techniques for Phase Locked Loops. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Marinca, V., 2011. Nonlinear Dynamical Systems in Engineering: Some Approximate Approaches. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Xie, H., Onal, C., Régnier, S., Sitti, M., 2012. Nanomechanics of AFM Based Nanomanipulation, in: Onal, C., Régnier, S., Sitti, M. (Eds.), Atomic Force Microscopy Based Nanorobotics: Modelling, Simulation, Setup Building and Experiments, Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 87–143.

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. Immunotherapy Drugs Could Herald New Era In Cancer Treatment [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, 2014. Broadcast Television and Radio: Disclosure Requirements for Broadcasted Content (No. GAO-14-738). 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
Evans, B., 2013. An integrated program for homeless adults with co-occurring mental and subtance use disorders: 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
Feeney, K., 2008. Homey Food That Speaks Of Brazil. New York Times NJ22.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Medley, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Chambers, 2004; Kraus, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Pasare and Medzhitov, 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Wilson 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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