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
Zülicke, U. Applied Physics. Ultrasmall Wires Get Excited. Science 2002, 295, 810–811.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sincich, L. C.; Horton, J. C. Divided by Cytochrome Oxidase: A Map of the Projections from V1 to V2 in Macaques. Science 2002, 295, 1734–1737.
A journal article with 3 authors
Samokhvalov, I. M.; Samokhvalova, N. I.; Nishikawa, S.-I. Cell Tracing Shows the Contribution of the Yolk Sac to Adult Haematopoiesis. Nature 2007, 446, 1056–1061.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Fan, Z.; Sun, Y.; Di Chen; et al. Acoustic Tweezing Cytometry for Live-Cell Subcellular Modulation of Intracellular Cytoskeleton Contractility. Sci. Rep. 2013, 3, 2176.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Schepers, U. RNA Interference in Practice; Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA: Weinheim, FRG, 2004.
An edited book
Reasoning, Action and Interaction in AI Theories and Systems: Essays Dedicated to Luigia Carlucci Aiello; Stock, O.; Schaerf, M., Eds.; Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2006; Vol. 4155.
A chapter in an edited book
Veale, T.; Li, G. Analogy as an Organizational Principle in the Construction of Large Knowledge-Bases. In Computational Approaches to Analogical Reasoning: Current Trends; Prade, H.; Richard, G., Eds.; Studies in Computational Intelligence; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2014; pp. 83–101.

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
Luntz, S. Meteorites Indicate Early Martian Atmosphere (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. Supply Chain Security: CBP Needs to Conduct Regular Assessments of Its Cargo Targeting System; GAO-13-9; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2012.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Zarate Ramirez, F. Pedagogical and Performance Approach to Selected Bel Canto Songs and Arias of Bellini and Donizetti. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach: Long Beach, CA, 2012.

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
Shear, M. D. Obama Says the Debate On Health Care Isn’t Over. New York Times, 2017, A16.

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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