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
Servick K. Top heart lab comes under fire. Science 2014;345(6194):254.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hedwig B, Poulet JFA. Complex auditory behaviour emerges from simple reactive steering. Nature 2004;430(7001):781–785.
A journal article with 3 authors
Weisz C, Glowatzki E, Fuchs P. The postsynaptic function of type II cochlear afferents. Nature 2009;461(7267):1126–1129.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Banerjee S, Meng J, Das S, Krishnan A, Haworth J, Charboneau R, Zeng Y, Ramakrishnan S, Roy S. Morphine induced exacerbation of sepsis is mediated by tempering endotoxin tolerance through modulation of miR-146a. Sci Rep 2013;3:1977.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Remy J-G, Letamendia C. LTE Standards. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Radwan A, Rodriguez J, editors. Energy Efficient Smart Phones for 5G Networks. Springer International Publishing. Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Nakkeeran S, Renukadevi P, Aiyanathan KEA. Exploring the Potential of Trichoderma for the Management of Seed and Soil-Borne Diseases of Crops. In Muniappan R, Heinrichs EA, editors. Integrated Pest Management of Tropical Vegetable Crops. Springer Netherlands. Dordrecht; p.77–130.

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
Andrew D. Will AI Ever Understand Human Emotions? [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. Commercial Aviation: Legacy Airlines Must Further Reduce Costs to Restore Profitability. 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
Paredes J. Critical Support for Central American Newcomer Youth and Schooling in One Southern California High School. 2017;

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
Williams J. Reading Toward Recovery. New York Times. 2016;BR4.

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 (4,5,7,8).

About the journal

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

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