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
Bjorn, G., 2008. Ready, set, hire. Nature 451, 740–741.
A journal article with 2 authors
Dynek, J.N., Smith, S., 2004. Resolution of sister telomere association is required for progression through mitosis. Science 304, 97–100.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sachs, R., Lin, Z., Shi, J., 2014. Ferroelectric-like SrTiO3 surface dipoles probed by graphene. Sci. Rep. 4, 3657.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Turney, C.S.M., Kershaw, A.P., Clemens, S.C., Branch, N., Moss, P.T., Fifield, L.K., 2004. Millennial and orbital variations of El Niño/Southern Oscillation and high-latitude climate in the last glacial period. Nature 428, 306–310.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ahamed, S.V., 2006. Intelligent Internet Knowledge Networks. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Franco, J., 2014. Reliability of High Mobility SiGe Channel MOSFETs for Future CMOS Applications, Springer Series in Advanced Microelectronics. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Kniazev, A., Pustilnik, S., Tepliakova, A., Burenkov, A., 2011. Metallicities of Galaxies in the Lynx-Cancer Void, in: Ferreras, I., Pasquali, A. (Eds.), Environment and the Formation of Galaxies: 30 Years Later: Proceedings of Symposium 2 of JENAM 2010, Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 25–27.

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
Carpineti, A., 2017. Scientists Develop A New Method That Might Stop HIV From Replicating [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, 1995. Highway Funding: Alternatives for Distributing Federal Funds (No. RCED-96-6). 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
Holland, J.H., 2010. Investigating the relationship between the policy implementation process and the utilization of information technology in a constitutional republic: The case of I-269 NEPA process (Doctoral dissertation). Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS.

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
Santora, M., 2016. Crash Kills 3 College Students on Medical Mission in Honduras. New York Times A23.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bjorn, 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Bjorn, 2008; Dynek and Smith, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Dynek and Smith, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Turney 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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