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
Kemp M. Science in culture. Nature 2002;420(6914):364.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sivanand S, Wellen KE. Molecular biology: Salvaging the genome. Nature 2015;524(7563):4041.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kaloni TP, Tahir M, Schwingenschlögl U. Quasi free-standing silicene in a superlattice with hexagonal boron nitride. Sci Rep 2013;3:3192.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Possemato R, Marks KM, Shaul YD, Pacold ME, Kim D, Birsoy K, Sethumadhavan S, Woo H-K, Jang HG, Jha AK, Chen WW, Barrett FG, Stransky N, Tsun Z-Y, Cowley GS, Barretina J, Kalaany NY, Hsu PP, Ottina K, et al. Functional genomics reveal that the serine synthesis pathway is essential in breast cancer. Nature 2011;476(7360):346350.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lueder E. 3D Displays. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Bertau M, Offermanns H, Plass L, Schmidt F, Wernicke H-J, editors. Methanol: The Basic Chemical and Energy Feedstock of the Future: Asinger’s Vision Today. Springer. Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Bianchi S, Pianese A. Scaling Laws in Stock Markets. An Analysis of Prices and Volumes. In Perna C, Sibillo M, editors. Mathematical and Statistical Methods in Insurance and Finance. Springer. Milano; p.35–42.

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
Davis J. One In Ten UK Species At Threat Of Extinction [Internet]. IFLScience. 2016;


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. Commercial Space Transportation: Industry Trends, Government Challenges, and International Competitiveness Issues. 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
Chaves JS. Novel approach for the creation of thin films and interconnects using single walled carbon nanotubes inkjet technology and bacteria. 2009;

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
Markoff J. After a Retirement, Putting to Bed The Times’s First Email Address. New York Times. 2017;B5.

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 (2,4).
This sentence cites four references (4,5,7,8).

About the journal

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

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