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
D.C. Rubinsztein, Cell biology: Receptors for selective recycling, Nature. 522 (2015) 291–292.
A journal article with 2 authors
P.A. Jones, D. Takai, The role of DNA methylation in mammalian epigenetics, Science. 293 (2001) 1068–1070.
A journal article with 3 authors
L. Wang, D. Baade, F. Patat, Spectropolarimetric diagnostics of thermonuclear supernova explosions, Science. 315 (2007) 212–214.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
L. Kassar-Duchossoy, B. Gayraud-Morel, D. Gomès, D. Rocancourt, M. Buckingham, V. Shinin, S. Tajbakhsh, Mrf4 determines skeletal muscle identity in Myf5:Myod double-mutant mice, Nature. 431 (2004) 466–471.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
S.G. Glisic, Advanced Wireless Communications & Internet, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2011.
An edited book
D. Li, Y. Chen, eds., Computer and Computing Technologies in Agriculture V: 5th IFIP TC 5/SIG 5.1 Conference, CCTA 2011, Beijing, China, October 29-31, 2011, Proceedings, Part II, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
R.S. Gonzalez, K. Washington, Lobular Changes, in: K. Washington (Ed.), Non-Neoplastic Liver Pathology: A Pathologist’s Survival Guide, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016: pp. 27–36.

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
J. Fang, Electronic Pollution Disorients Migratory Robins, 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, Human Factors: FAA’s Guidance and Oversight of Pilot Crew Resource Management Training Can Be Improved, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1997.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
A.A. Lima, Racial and cultural identity formation of low-income Brazilian youth of African descent through their experiences and perceptions in formal and informal schools, 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
M.S. Schmidt, In a Private Dinner, Trump Demanded Loyalty. Comey Demurred, New York Times. (2017) A1.

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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