How to format your references using the Journal of Applied Biomedicine citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Applied Biomedicine. 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
Van Dyk, S.D., 2003. Astronomy. Elusive supernova progenitors. Science 302, 1161–1162.
A journal article with 2 authors
Conway, T.M., John, S.G., 2014. Quantification of dissolved iron sources to the North Atlantic Ocean. Nature 511, 212–215.
A journal article with 3 authors
Barsh, G.S., Farooqi, I.S., O’Rahilly, S., 2000. Genetics of body-weight regulation. Nature 404, 644–651.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Rohani, P., Green, C.J., Mantilla-Beniers, N.B., Grenfell, B.T., 2003. Ecological interference between fatal diseases. Nature 422, 885–888.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Alberts, B., Johnson, A., Lewis, J., Morgan, D., Raff, M., Roberts, K., Walter, P., 2017. Molekularbiologie der Zelle. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany.
An edited book
Wobcke, W., Zhang, M. (Eds.), 2008. AI 2008: Advances in Artificial Intelligence: 21st Australasian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence Auckland, New Zealand, December 1-5, 2008. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Bauer, M., 2007. Energy efficiency in Mexico — a bird’s eye view, in: Klapp, J., Cervantes-Cota, J.L., Chávez Alcalá, J.F. (Eds.), Towards a Cleaner Planet: Energy for the Future, Environmental Science and Engineering. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 55–63.

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 Journal of Applied Biomedicine.

Blog post
Davis, J., 2016. Researchers Create Regenerative Tooth Fillings [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1993. Mass Transit: Federal Participation in Transit Benefit Programs (No. RCED-93-163). 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
Grimpo, M., 2014. How asthma is related with the rate of influenza vaccination in California’s children (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Kelly, C., 2011. Writer’s Body Is Weaker, But Voice Remains Strong. New York Times A29B.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Van Dyk, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Conway and John, 2014; Van Dyk, 2003).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Conway and John, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Rohani et al., 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Applied Biomedicine
AbbreviationJ. Appl. Biomed.
ISSN (print)1214-021X
ScopeGeneral Agricultural and Biological Sciences
General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
General Medicine
General Neuroscience
General Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics

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