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
Colombo, P. (2008). Materials science. In praise of pores. Science (New York, N.Y.), 322(5900), 381–383.
A journal article with 2 authors
Meyer, G., & Brose, N. (2003). Neuroscience. SPARring with spines. Science (New York, N.Y.), 302(5649), 1341–1344.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lam, F. H., Steger, D. J., & O’Shea, E. K. (2008). Chromatin decouples promoter threshold from dynamic range. Nature, 453(7192), 246–250.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Bose, S., Singh, R., Hanewich-Hollatz, M., Shen, C., Lee, C.-H., Dorfman, D. M., … Karnik, R. (2013). Affinity flow fractionation of cells via transient interactions with asymmetric molecular patterns. Scientific Reports, 3, 2329.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rooney, T. (2010). IP Address Management. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Wolanski, E. (Ed.). (2014). Estuaries of Australia in 2050 and beyond. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Kasper, T., Oswald, D., & Paar, C. (2012). Side-Channel Analysis of Cryptographic RFIDs with Analog Demodulation. In A. Juels & C. Paar (Eds.), RFID. Security and Privacy: 7th International Workshop, RFIDSec 2011, Amherst, USA, June 26-28, 2011, Revised Selected Papers (pp. 61–77). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

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. (2015, May 18). Do You Have A Lower Attention Span Than A Goldfish? Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (2001). Schools and Libraries Program: Update on State-Level Funding by Category of Service (No. GAO-01-673). Washington, DC: 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
Hernandez, L. (2009). A culturally sensitive mentorship program for foster youth: A grant proposal (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Greenhouse, L. (2015, June 25). The Roberts Court’s Reality Check. New York Times, p. A27.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Russo, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Roberts, 2014; Zwerger, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Meyer & Brose, 2003)
  • Three authors: (Lam, Steger, & O’Shea, 2008)
  • 6 or more authors: (Khatibzadeh et al., 2014)

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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