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
Linsky, J.L., 2011. Astronomy. Voyagers of discovery. Science 334, 1647–1648.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sauvageau, G., Humphries, R.K., 2010. Medicine. The blood stem cell Holy Grail? Science 329, 1291–1292.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sidhu, A.B.S., Verdier-Pinard, D., Fidock, D.A., 2002. Chloroquine resistance in Plasmodium falciparum malaria parasites conferred by pfcrt mutations. Science 298, 210–213.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Liu, L., Zhou, C., Du, H., Zhang, K., Huang, D., Wu, J., Anshan Worker Health Survey Group, 2014. The prevalences of impaired fasting glucose and diabetes mellitus in working age men of North China: Anshan Worker Health Survey. Sci. Rep. 4, 4835.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Brown, H., Prescott, R., 2014. Applied Mixed Models in Medicine. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Kind, P., Brooks, R., Rabin, R. (Eds.), 2005. EQ-5D concepts and methods: A developmental history. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Hazim Chan, N., Hizaddin, H.F., Anantharaj, R., 2015. Separation of Pyrrole from Isododecane Using Imidazolium and Pyridinium Based Ionic Liquid at 298.15 K: Experiment and COSMO-RS Prediction, in: Hashim, M.A. (Ed.), ICGSCE 2014: Proceedings of the International Conference on Global Sustainability and Chemical Engineering. Springer, Singapore, pp. 25–32.

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. There Is Water On Mars, But What Does This Mean For Life? [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, 2009. Transportation Programs: Challenges Facing the Department of Transportation and Congress (No. GAO-09-435T). 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
Lee, S.B., 2009. Localizing the effects of link flooding attacks in the Internet (Doctoral dissertation). University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD.

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
de la MERCED, M.J., 2017. A Sports Betting App Raises $12 Million. New York Times B6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Linsky, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Linsky, 2011; Sauvageau and Humphries, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Sauvageau and Humphries, 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Liu 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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