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
Carroll, S. B. Genetics and the Making of Homo Sapiens. Nature 2003, 422, 849–857.
A journal article with 2 authors
Liu, H.; Cheng, L. Cryo-EM Shows the Polymerase Structures and a Nonspooled Genome within a DsRNA Virus. Science 2015, 349, 1347–1350.
A journal article with 3 authors
Connors, M.; Wiegert, P.; Veillet, C. Earth’s Trojan Asteroid. Nature 2011, 475, 481–483.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Gazzani, S.; Lawrenson, T.; Woodward, C.; et al. A Link between MRNA Turnover and RNA Interference in Arabidopsis. Science 2004, 306, 1046–1048.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sailor, M. J. Porous Silicon in Practice; Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA: Weinheim, Germany, 2011.
An edited book
Semantic Technologies in Content Management Systems: Trends, Applications and Evaluations; Maass, W.; Kowatsch, T., Eds.; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
da Costa, A. C.; Rebelo, F.; Teles, J. Child-Persona: What I Think to What They Are. In Advances in Ergonomics in Design: Proceedings of the AHFE 2016 International Conference on Ergonomics in Design, July 27-31, 2016, Walt Disney World®, Florida, USA; Rebelo, F.; Soares, M., Eds.; Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; Springer International Publishing: Cham, 2016; pp. 43–51.

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
Taub, B. TripAdvisor To Stop Selling Tickets To Irresponsible Wildlife Attractions (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. Positive Train Control: Additional Oversight Needed As Most Railroads Do Not Expect to Meet 2015 Implementation Deadline; GAO-15-739; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2015.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Meza, J. A Community Outreach Program for Latino Immigrant Families: Increasing Service Utilization. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach: Long Beach, CA, 2013.

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
Crow, K. Go West, They Said. And So Should the 7 Train. New York Times, 2002, 146.

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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