How to format your references using the Journal of Chemical Biology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Chemical Biology. 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
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Alvarez M (2007) Time for a change. Nature 445:682
A journal article with 2 authors
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Carson MJ, Lo D (2001) Immunology. The push-me pull-you of T cell activation. Science 293:618–619
A journal article with 3 authors
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Meyron-Holtz EG, Ghosh MC, Rouault TA (2004) Mammalian tissue oxygen levels modulate iron-regulatory protein activities in vivo. Science 306:2087–2090
A journal article with 5 or more authors
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Wehrli M, Dougan ST, Caldwell K, et al (2000) arrow encodes an LDL-receptor-related protein essential for Wingless signalling. Nature 407:527–530

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
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Adhikari SK (2005) Variational Principles and the Numerical Solution of Scattering Problems. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG
An edited book
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Iliopoulos CS, Smyth WF (2011) Combinatorial Algorithms: 21st International Workshop, IWOCA 2010, London, UK, July 26-28, 2010, Revised Selected Papers. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
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Jun B, Kim D (2007) Robust Real-Time Face Detection Using Face Certainty Map. In: Lee S-W, Li SZ (eds) Advances in Biometrics: International Conference, ICB 2007, Seoul, Korea, August 27-29, 2007. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 29–38

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 Chemical Biology.

Blog post
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Andrews R (2017) Scientists Finally Unravel Hawaii’s Bizarre Origin Story. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/environment/scientists-finally-unravel-hawaiis-bizarre-origin-story/. Accessed 30 Oct 2018

Reports

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
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Government Accountability Office (1981) More Can Be Done To Improve the Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Donation Program. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
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Lee Y (2017) Lexical Stress Features Affecting the Recognition of English Loanwords in Korean by Native English Hearers. Doctoral dissertation, University of South Florida

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
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Joseph Y (2017) Passage Home for a Pioneer’s House. New York Times A4

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

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 Chemical Biology
AbbreviationJ. Chem. Biol.
ISSN (print)1864-6158
ISSN (online)1864-6166
ScopeBiochemistry
Biophysics
Cell Biology

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