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
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Bignami GF (2009) Astronomy. Two missions, one microquasar. Science 326:1490–1491
A journal article with 2 authors
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Reya T, Clevers H (2005) Wnt signalling in stem cells and cancer. Nature 434:843–850
A journal article with 3 authors
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Buchner DA, Trudeau M, Meisler MH (2003) SCNM1, a putative RNA splicing factor that modifies disease severity in mice. Science 301:967–969
A journal article with 5 or more authors
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Lee PN, Callaerts P, De Couet HG, Martindale MQ (2003) Cephalopod Hox genes and the origin of morphological novelties. Nature 424:1061–1065

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
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Ramirez J (2007) Accounting for Derivatives. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Oxford, UK
An edited book
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Czarnowski I, Caballero AM, Howlett RJ, Jain LC (2016) Intelligent Decision Technologies 2016: Proceedings of the 8th KES International Conference on Intelligent Decision Technologies (KES-IDT 2016) – Part II. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
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Schulz H, Görling A (2014) Toward a Comprehensive Treatment of Temperature in Electronic Structure Calculations: Non-zero-Temperature Hartree-Fock and Exact-Exchange Kohn-Sham Methods. In: Graziani F, Desjarlais MP, Redmer R, Trickey SB (eds) Frontiers and Challenges in Warm Dense Matter. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 87–121

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
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Luntz S (2016) Gamers Beat Scientists To Discover Proteins’ Shapes. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/chemistry/gamers-beat-scientists-to-discover-proteins-shapes/. Accessed 30 Oct 2018

Reports

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
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Government Accountability Office (2001) Intercollegiate Athletics: Four-Year Colleges’ Experiences Adding and Discontinuing Teams. 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
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Asare KB (2016) Understanding the Transformational Leadership Practices of Colleges of Education Principals. Doctoral dissertation, Northcentral 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
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Stewart S (2014) Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Actor of Authority, Dies at 95. New York Times A27

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
ScopeBiochemistry
Inorganic Chemistry

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