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
Barrangou, R. RNA Events. Cas9 Targeting and the CRISPR Revolution. Science 2014, 344, 707–708.
A journal article with 2 authors
Evenson, R. E.; Gollin, D. Assessing the Impact of the Green Revolution, 1960 to 2000. Science 2003, 300, 758–762.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ting, J. P. Y.; Duncan, J. A.; Lei, Y. How the Noninflammasome NLRs Function in the Innate Immune System. Science 2010, 327, 286–290.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Wang, G. C.; Wang, Q.; Li, S. L.; et al. Evidence of Multi-Step Nucleation Leading to Various Crystallization Pathways from an Fe-O-Al Melt. Sci. Rep. 2014, 4, 5082.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Grinyer, A. Palliative and End of Life Care for Children and Young People; John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.: West Sussex, UK, 2012.
An edited book
Bioactive Sphingolipids in Cancer Biology and Therapy; Hannun, Y. A.; Luberto, C.; Mao, C.; et al., Eds.; 1st ed. 2015.; Springer International Publishing: Cham, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
Papović, J.; Pejović, A. Revival without Nostalgia: The ‘Dizel’ Movement, Serbian 1990s Cultural Trauma and Globalised Youth Cultures. In Eastern European Youth Cultures in a Global Context; Schwartz, M.; Winkel, H., Eds.; Palgrave Macmillan UK: London, 2016; pp. 81–93.

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
Carpineti, A. Rosetta Mission To End With Crash Landing On September 30 (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. Traffic Safety: Grants Generally Address Key Safety Issues, Despite State Eligibility and Management Difficulties; GAO-08-398; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2008.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Amin, R. M. Detecting Targeted Malicious Email through Supervised Classification of Persistent Threat and Recipient Oriented Features. Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University: Washington, DC, 2010.

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
Williams, J. One Side Effect of Viagra: Inspiration to Write. New York Times, 2017, C6.

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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