How to format your references using the Journal of Biomolecular Screening citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Biomolecular Screening (JBS). 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
Pellegrino, J. W. Proficiency in Science: Assessment Challenges and Opportunities. Science 2013, 340, 320–323.
A journal article with 2 authors
Li, J. J.; Biggin, M. D. Gene Expression. Statistics Requantitates the Central Dogma. Science 2015, 347, 1066–1067.
A journal article with 3 authors
Nolan, D.; James, I.; Mallal, S. HIV/AIDS. HIV: Experiencing the Pressures of Modern Life. Science 2005, 307, 1422–1424.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Goren-Inbar, N.; Alperson, N.; Kislev, M. E.; et al. Evidence of Hominin Control of Fire at Gesher Benot Ya’aqov, Israel. Science 2004, 304, 725–727.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Iwacz, G.; Jajszczyk, A.; Zajączkowski, M. Multimedia Broadcasting and Multicasting in Mobile Networks; John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester, UK, 2008.
An edited book
Natural Locomotion in Fluids and on Surfaces: Swimming, Flying, and Sliding; Childress, S.; Hosoi, A.; Schultz, W. W.; et al., Eds.; The IMA Volumes in Mathematics and its Applications; Springer: New York, NY, 2012; Vol. 155.
A chapter in an edited book
Holcomb, J. B.; Nunez, T. C. Damage Control Resuscitation. In Front Line Surgery: A Practical Approach; Martin, M. J.; Beekley, A. C., Eds.; Springer: New York, NY, 2011; pp. 47–58.

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 Biomolecular Screening.

Blog post
Andrew, E. Good Luck G7 Leaders – We Won’t Be Off Fossil Fuels By 2100 (accessed Oct 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. Insights Into CETA’s In-School Youth Programs; HRD-82-116; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1982.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Walker, D. University Research Adminstrators’ Perception of Incivility and the Relationship to Employee Engagement. Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix: Phoenix, AZ, 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
STEVEN LEE MYERS; Sophia Kishkovsky contributed reporting for this article. 2nd Russian Jury Convicts a Physicist Who Was Acquitted of Spy Charges. New York Times, 2004, A10.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

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 Biomolecular Screening
ISSN (print)1087-0571
ISSN (online)1552-454X

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