How to format your references using the International Journal of Biological Macromolecules citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal of Biological Macromolecules. 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
P. Maunz, Quantum physics: gentle measurement, Nature. 475 (2011) 180–181.
A journal article with 2 authors
S. Roesner, V.K. Aggarwal, Organic chemistry: reactions at the end of a tether, Nature. 487 (2012) 48–49.
A journal article with 3 authors
D.B. Polley, E. Kvasnák, R.D. Frostig, Naturalistic experience transforms sensory maps in the adult cortex of caged animals, Nature. 429 (2004) 67–71.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
J.F. Gillooly, E.L. Charnov, G.B. West, V.M. Savage, J.H. Brown, Effects of size and temperature on developmental time, Nature. 417 (2002) 70–73.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
L.V. Tannenbaum, Alternative Ecological Risk Assessment, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2013.
An edited book
S.V. Delgado, Contemporary Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescents: Integrating Intersubjectivity and Neuroscience, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
Y. Li, A. Ferris, B.C. Lewis, S. Orsulic, B.O. Williams, E.C. Holland, S.H. Hughes, The RCAS/TVA Somatic Gene Transfer Method in Modeling Human Cancer, in: J.E. Green, T. Ried (Eds.), Genetically Engineered Mice for Cancer Research: Design, Analysis, Pathways, Validation and Pre-Clinical Testing, Springer, New York, NY, 2012: pp. 83–111.

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 Biological Macromolecules.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Ocean “Dead Zones” Are Spreading – And That Spells Disaster For Fish, IFLScience. (2015).


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, Telecommunications: Agencies Are Generally Following Sound Transition Planning Practices, and GSA Is Taking Action to Resolve Challenges, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2008.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
C.-M. Pan, Synthesis and Evaluation of Macrocycles as Potential Antitumor Agents, Doctoral dissertation, University of California San Diego, 2012.

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
G. Loomis, Carnal Knowledge in a Modern Metropolis: Babylon, New York Times. (2012) 0.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleInternational Journal of Biological Macromolecules
AbbreviationInt. J. Biol. Macromol.
ISSN (print)0141-8130
Molecular Biology
Structural Biology
General Medicine

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