How to format your references using the JBIC Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for JBIC Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Macilwain C (2013) The unlikely wisdom of Chairman Mao. Nature 495:143
A journal article with 2 authors
Zatorre RJ, Krumhansl CL (2002) Neuroscience. Mental models and musical minds. Science 298:2138–2139
A journal article with 3 authors
Moore AW, Jan LY, Jan YN (2002) hamlet, a binary genetic switch between single- and multiple- dendrite neuron morphology. Science 297:1355–1358
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Sliogeryte K, Thorpe SD, Lee DA, et al (2014) Stem cell differentiation increases membrane-actin adhesion regulating cell blebability, migration and mechanics. Sci Rep 4:7307

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kunz RG (2009) Environmental Calculations. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Imhoff AB, Beitzel K, Stamer K, et al (2016) Rehabilitation in Orthopedic Surgery, 2nd ed. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Sebestyén T, Varga A (2013) A Novel Comprehensive Index of Network Position and Node Characteristics in Knowledge Networks: Ego Network Quality. In: Scherngell T (ed) The Geography of Networks and R&D Collaborations. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 71–97

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 JBIC Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry.

Blog post
Hale T (2017) Russia Might Ban Tobacco For Anyone Born After 2014. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 2018


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 (1982) Analysis of NASA’s Fiscal Year 1983 Budget Request for Research and Development To Determine the Amount That Supports DOD’s Programs. 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
Cox AM (2017) Functional Gain and Change Mechanisms in Post-Production Complex Systems. Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University

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
Koblin J (2017) Netflix, With Money to Burn, Draws the Ire of Spurned TV Executives. New York Times B4

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 titleJBIC Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry
AbbreviationJ. Biol. Inorg. Chem.
ISSN (print)0949-8257
ISSN (online)1432-1327
Inorganic Chemistry

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