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
Smaglik P (2009) State of energy. Nature 458:1208–1209
A journal article with 2 authors
Gascon C, Smith ML (2004) Ecology. Where rivers meet. Science 305:1922–1923
A journal article with 3 authors
Amari T, Luciani J-F, Aly J-J (2015) Small-scale dynamo magnetism as the driver for heating the solar atmosphere. Nature 522:188–191
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Xu J, Gao Q, Zhang Y, et al (2014) Preparing two-dimensional microporous carbon from Pistachio nutshell with high areal capacitance as supercapacitor materials. Sci Rep 4:5545

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Allman K, Nogales XED (2015) Impact Investment. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Rodríguez RE (2013) Complex Analysis: In the Spirit of Lipman Bers, 2nd ed. 2013. Springer, New York, NY
A chapter in an edited book
Srinivasulu S, Jain A (2008) Rainfall-Runoff Modelling: Integrating Available Data and Modern Techniques. In: Abrahart RJ, See LM, Solomatine DP (eds) Practical Hydroinformatics: Computational Intelligence and Technological Developments in Water Applications. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 59–70

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
Luntz S (2016) Insects Have Been Carrying Camouflage Since The Dinosaurs. 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 (1989) November 1988 Internet Computer Virus and the Vulnerability of National Telecommunications Networks to Computer Viruses. 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
Darwich MK (2017) Cost-Efficient Video On Demand (VOD) Streaming Using Cloud Services. Doctoral dissertation, University of Louisiana

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
(nyt) SK (2003) World Briefing | Europe: Russia: A Call For More Money To Fight Aids. New York Times A6

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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