How to format your references using the Journal of Biological Regulators & Homeostatic Agents citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Biological Regulators & Homeostatic Agents (JBRHA). 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
Nestler EJ. Obituary: Patricia S. Goldman-Rakic (1937-2003). Nature 2003;425(6957):471.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bauer J, Prenzel M. Science education. European teacher training reforms. Science 2012;336(6089):1642–1643.
A journal article with 3 authors
Gawronski H, Mehlhorn M, Morgenstern K. Imaging phonon excitation with atomic resolution. Science 2008;319(5865):930–933.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Tritten L, Keiser J, Godejohann M, Utzinger J, Vargas M, Beckonert O, Holmes E, Saric J. Metabolic profiling framework for discovery of candidate diagnostic markers of malaria. Sci Rep 2013;3:2769.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Stephanie Hammer. Architects of Electronic Trading. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Alvarez RH. Handbook of HER2-Targeted Agents in Breast Cancer. Cortés J, Falzon M, Gandy M, Gianni L, Harbeck N, Piccart M, editors. Springer International Publishing. Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Tepper SJ, Tepper DE. Diagnosis of Primary Chronic Daily Headaches. In Tepper SJ, Tepper DE, editors. The Cleveland Clinic Manual of Headache Therapy: Second Edition. Springer International Publishing. Cham; p.49–59.

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 Biological Regulators & Homeostatic Agents.

Blog post
Andrews R. Researchers Plan To Bring The Caspian Tiger Back From The Dead [Internet]. IFLScience. 2017;


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. College Work-Study Program. 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
Rivers M. Bridging the knowledge gap between the Baby Boomers and the multigenerations. 2012;

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
Rice SE. It’s Not Too Late on North Korea. New York Times. 2017;A19.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (2).
This sentence cites two references (3,4).
This sentence cites four references (3,5,6,8).

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Biological Regulators & Homeostatic Agents
ISSN (print)0393-974X

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