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
Kaiser, D. History: From Blackboards to Bombs. Nature 2015, 523, 523–525.
A journal article with 2 authors
Müller, J.; Müller, C. W. Structural Biology: Enzyme-Chromatin Complex Visualized. Nature 2014, 514, 572–573.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bryden, H. L.; Longworth, H. R.; Cunningham, S. A. Slowing of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation at 25 Degrees N. Nature 2005, 438, 655–657.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Cui, X.; Chen, J.; Wang, T.; et al. Rechargeable Batteries with High Energy Storage Activated by In-Situ Induced Fluorination of Carbon Nanotube Cathode. Sci. Rep. 2014, 4, 5310.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Eklund, C.; Marks, R. B.; Ponnuswamy, S.; et al. WirelessMAN®; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2011.
An edited book
Coteaching in International Contexts: Research and Practice; Murphy, C.; Scantlebury, K., Eds.; Cultural Studies of Science Education; Springer Netherlands: Dordrecht, 2010; Vol. 1.
A chapter in an edited book
Gulliver, J. S. Chemicals in the Environment, Turbulent Transport. In Transport and Fate of Chemicals in the Environment: Selected Entries from the Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology; Gulliver, J. S., Ed.; Springer: New York, NY, 2012; pp. 89–111.

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. Gene Therapy Provides Significant Antiviral Results Against HIV (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. Earth Observing System: Broader Involvement of the EOSDIS User Community Is Needed; IMTEC-92-40; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1992.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Pestano, A. C. The Utilization of a Web-Based Internet Application to Improve Access and Efficiency of In-Home Care Services Provided by Personal Care Aides. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach: Long Beach, CA, 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
Cooper, M. A Cutting-Edge Impresario’s Legacy. New York Times, 2017, C4.

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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