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
S. Buratowski, Gene expression: transcription initiation unwrapped, Nature. 483 (2012) 286–287.
A journal article with 2 authors
H. Du, M. Rosbash, The U1 snRNP protein U1C recognizes the 5’ splice site in the absence of base pairing, Nature. 419 (2002) 86–90.
A journal article with 3 authors
A.J. Ammerman, R. Pinhasi, E. Bánffy, Comment on “Ancient DNA from the first European farmers in 7500-year-old Neolithic sites,” Science. 312 (2006) 1875; author reply 1875.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
F. Gasparini, F. Caicci, F. Rigon, G. Zaniolo, L. Manni, Testing an unusual in vivo vessel network model: a method to study angiogenesis in the colonial tunicate Botryllus schlosseri, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 6460.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
M.A. El-Reedy, Construction Management for Industrial Projects, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2011.
An edited book
K. Mori, ed., The Olfactory System: From Odor Molecules to Motivational Behaviors, Springer Japan, Tokyo, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
J. Marzin, B. Daviron, S. Rafflegeau, Family Farming and Other Forms of Agriculture, in: J.-M. Sourisseau (Ed.), Family Farming and the Worlds to Come, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2015: pp. 71–89.

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
E. Andrew, Chemical Treatment Restores Partial Vision to Blind Mice, IFLScience. (2014). (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, Federal Aviation Administration: Issues Concerning the Reauthorization of Aviation Programs, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1999.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
M.D. Boyer, Organizational improvisation within an episodic planning model: A systems perspective, Doctoral dissertation, Capella University, 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
L. Qiu, An Adoring Crowd, And a Dozen Things That Aren’t True, New York Times. (2017) A19.

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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