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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Biomedical Informatics: X. 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
A.F. Agrawal, Evolutionary biology: Infection elevates diversity, Nature. 525 (2015) 464–465.
A journal article with 2 authors
C.E. Clancy, Y.K. Xiang, Biological techniques: Wrapped around the heart, Nature. 507 (2014) 43–44.
A journal article with 3 authors
L.J. Holt, A.N. Krutchinsky, D.O. Morgan, Positive feedback sharpens the anaphase switch, Nature. 454 (2008) 353–357.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
B.-S. Ding, D.J. Nolan, J.M. Butler, D. James, A.O. Babazadeh, Z. Rosenwaks, V. Mittal, H. Kobayashi, K. Shido, D. Lyden, T.N. Sato, S.Y. Rabbany, S. Rafii, Inductive angiocrine signals from sinusoidal endothelium are required for liver regeneration, Nature. 468 (2010) 310–315.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
V.V. Zhurin, Industrial Ion Sources, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany, 2011.
An edited book
M. Reynolds, S. Holwell, eds., Systems Approaches to Managing Change: A Practical Guide, Springer, London, 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
L. Xiao, F. Wang, Z. Wang, Research on the Relationship between Customer Value of Social Network Service and Customer Loyalty, in: Y. Wu (Ed.), Advanced Technology in Teaching - Proceedings of the 2009 3rd International Conference on Teaching and Computational Science (WTCS 2009): Volume 2: Education, Psychology and Computer Science, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012: pp. 27–32.

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: X.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Three-Person IVF: Science Shows Ethical Questions Remain Unanswered, 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, Indian Affairs: Further Actions Needed to Improve Oversight and Accountability for School Safety Inspections, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2017.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
M. Shakya, Planter Boxes and Rain Gardens for Urban Stormwater Management: Performance of Extended Field Application, Doctoral dissertation, Southern Illinois University, 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
M. Steinberger, The Afterlife Of The Best Tennis Player In The World, New York Times. (2013) MM31.

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: X
ISSN (print)2590-177X

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