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
Jiang, J. Patents: Protecting China’s National Treasure. Nature 2011, 480, S93.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hu, D. L.; Bush, J. W. M. Meniscus-Climbing Insects. Nature 2005, 437, 733–736.
A journal article with 3 authors
Rybczynski, N.; Dawson, M. R.; Tedford, R. H. A Semi-Aquatic Arctic Mammalian Carnivore from the Miocene Epoch and Origin of Pinnipedia. Nature 2009, 458, 1021–1024.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
de Villeneuve, V. W. A.; Dullens, R. P. A.; Aarts, D. G. A. L.; et al. Colloidal Hard-Sphere Crystal Growth Frustrated by Large Spherical Impurities. Science 2005, 309, 1231–1233.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bersuker, I. B. Electronic Structure and Properties of Transition Metal Compounds; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2010.
An edited book
Dynamics of Coupled Structures, Volume 1: Proceedings of the 32nd IMAC, A Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics, 2014; Allen, M.; Mayes, R.; Rixen, D., Eds.; Conference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series; Springer International Publishing: Cham, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
Ao, S.-I. Hybrid Intelligent Regressions with Neural Network and Fuzzy Clustering. In Advances in Computational Algorithms and Data Analysis; Ao, S.-I.; Rieger, B.; Chen, S.-S., Eds.; Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering; Springer Netherlands: Dordrecht, 2009; pp. 65–74.

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
Fang, J. Island Lizards Digest More Efficiently Than Their Mainland Counterparts (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. Head Start: Increased Percentage of Teachers Nationwide Have Required Degrees, but Better Information on Classroom Teachers’ Qualifications Needed; GAO-04-5; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2003.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Kay, V. L. A Single Mother and Child Welfare: A Personal Narrative. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach: Long Beach, CA, 2009.

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
Kelly, M. THE 1992 CAMPAIGN: Undeclared Candidate; Perot Stresses Homey Image, But the Image Is No Accident. New York Times, 1992, A1.

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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