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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McKee M (2012) Sally Ride (1951-2012). Nature 488:460
A journal article with 2 authors
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Liu Z, Xiao TS (2015) STRUCTURAL BIOLOGY. Assembling the wheel of death. Science 350:376–377
A journal article with 3 authors
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Parens E, Johnston J, Moses J (2008) Ethics. Do we need “synthetic bioethics”? Science 321:1449
A journal article with 5 or more authors
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Rempel M, Schüssler M, Cameron RH, Knölker M (2009) Penumbral structure and outflows in simulated sunspots. Science 325:171–174

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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Wittcoff HA, Reuben BG, Plotkin JS (2012) Industrial Organic Chemicals. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
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Al-araji SR (2006) Digital Phase Lock Loops: Architectures and Applications. Springer US, Boston, MA
A chapter in an edited book
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Smith D, Friesen J (2014) Communications and Networking. In: Friesen J (ed) Android Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach. Apress, Berkeley, CA, pp 285–379

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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Andrew E (2015) Mathematical Theory Explains Wrinkle Patterning. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/physics/mathematical-theory-explains-wrinkle-patterning/. 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 (1994) Highway Infrastructure: Quality Improvements Would Safeguard Billions of Dollars Already Invested. 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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Miller C (2010) Assembly and analysis of an Sp185/333 gene cluster from the purple sea urchin: Putative evidence for microsatellite-mediated gene and segmental duplication. 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
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Kishkovsky S (2004) Russian Who Killed Chechen May Get a Pardon. 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
ScopeBiochemistry
Inorganic Chemistry

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