How to format your references using the Journal of Biomedical Informatics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Biomedical Informatics. 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
Y. Gogotsi, Materials science. High-temperature rubber made from carbon nanotubes, Science. 330 (2010) 1332–1333.
A journal article with 2 authors
R.L. Lieberman, A.C. Rosenzweig, Crystal structure of a membrane-bound metalloenzyme that catalyses the biological oxidation of methane, Nature. 434 (2005) 177–182.
A journal article with 3 authors
P. Faupl, W. Richter, C. Urbanek, Geochronology: dating of the Herto hominin fossils, Nature. 426 (2003) 621–2; discussion 622.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
R. Rana, P. Pandey, R.P. Singh, D.S. Rana, Positive exchange-bias and giant vertical hysteretic shift in La0.3Sr0.7FeO3/SrRuO3 bilayers, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 4138.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
N.P. Cheremisinoff, Dust Explosion and Fire Prevention Handbook, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2014.
An edited book
J.S. Parab, Exploring C for Microcontrollers: A Hands on Approach, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2007.
A chapter in an edited book
C. Siry, S.N. Martin, S. Baker, N. Lowell, J. Marvin, Y. Wilson, Coteaching in Science Education Courses: Transforming Teacher Preparation Through Shared Responsibility, in: C. Murphy, K. Scantlebury (Eds.), Coteaching in International Contexts: Research and Practice, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2010: pp. 57–78.

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 Biomedical Informatics.

Blog post
T. Hale, Creepy And Fascinating Video Of A Black Widow Spider Molting, IFLScience. (2015). (accessed October 30, 2018).


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, Intermodal Transportation: A Variety of Factors Influence Airport-Intercity Passenger Rail Connectivity, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2013.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
J.A. Page, Contested urban space: Competing discourses of urban development and environmental conservation in Playa Vista, California, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 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
B. Rothenberg, Some Chafe at Rules Meant to Protect Youngest Girls, New York Times. (2017) D2.

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 titleJournal of Biomedical Informatics
AbbreviationJ. Biomed. Inform.
ISSN (print)1532-0464
ScopeComputer Science Applications
Health Informatics

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