How to format your references using the Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics. 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
Norman, M. R. (2011). The challenge of unconventional superconductivity. Science (New York, N.Y.), 332(6026), 196–200.
A journal article with 2 authors
Jiang, L.-L., & Perc, M. (2013). Spreading of cooperative behaviour across interdependent groups. Scientific Reports, 3, 2483.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lutz, W., O’Neill, B. C., & Scherbov, S. (2003). Demographics. Europe’s population at a turning point. Science (New York, N.Y.), 299(5615), 1991–1992.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Sun, X., Song, P., Zhang, Y., Liu, C., Xu, W., & Xing, W. (2013). A class of high performance metal-free oxygen reduction electrocatalysts based on cheap carbon blacks. Scientific Reports, 3, 2505.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Srivastava, S. P. (2014). Developments in Lubricant Technology. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Tilkemeier, P. L., Hendel, R. C., Heller, G. V., & Case, J. A. (Eds.). (2016). Quality Evaluation in Non-Invasive Cardiovascular Imaging. Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Cristea, I. A., Stefan, S., David, O., Mogoase, C., & Dobrean, A. (2016). Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (RE&BT) Treatment Protocol for Anxiety in Children and Adolescents. In S. Stefan, O. David, C. Mogoase, & A. Dobrean (Eds.), REBT in the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adults (pp. 51–67). Springer International Publishing.

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 Structure and Dynamics.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2016, June 5). Good Riddance To Thailand’s Infamous ‘Tiger Temple.’ IFLScience; IFLScience.


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. (1973). Review of Selected Aspects of the Bilingual Education Program (B-164031(1)). U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Escobedo, N. L. (2014). A continuing bonds grief support group for Latinas who have lost a child: A grant proposal [Doctoral dissertation]. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Nir, S. M., & Surico, J. (2017, October 24). Three Shots and an Officer Down: Gripping Testimony in Queens. New York Times, A21.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Norman, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Jiang & Perc, 2013; Norman, 2011).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Jiang & Perc, 2013)
  • Three authors: (Lutz et al., 2003)
  • 6 or more authors: (Sun et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics
AbbreviationJ. Biomol. Struct. Dyn.
ISSN (print)0739-1102
ISSN (online)1538-0254
ScopeMolecular Biology
Structural Biology
General Medicine

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