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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Tommassen J (2007) Biochemistry. Getting into and through the outer membrane. Science 317:903–904
A journal article with 2 authors
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Gulev SK, Latif M (2015) Ocean science: The origins of a climate oscillation. Nature 521:428–430
A journal article with 3 authors
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Allison KR, Brynildsen MP, Collins JJ (2011) Metabolite-enabled eradication of bacterial persisters by aminoglycosides. Nature 473:216–220
A journal article with 5 or more authors
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Bachnoff N, Cohen-Kutner M, Trus M, Atlas D (2013) Intra-membrane signaling between the voltage-gated Ca2+-channel and cysteine residues of syntaxin 1A coordinates synchronous release. Sci Rep 3:1620

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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Rowe P (2015) Essential Statistics for the Pharmaceutical Sciences. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
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Brinkworth M, Weinert F (2012) Evolution 2.0: Implications of Darwinism in Philosophy and the Social and Natural Sciences. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
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Dadkhah S, Sharain K (2016) Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation. In: Peacock WF, Clark CL (eds) Short Stay Management of Atrial Fibrillation. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 51–59

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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Davis J (2017) A “Hog Apocalypse” Could Be Heading For Feral Pigs In Texas. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/a-hog-apocalypse-could-be-heading-for-feral-pigs-in-texas/. 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 (2014) Transportation Security Information Sharing: Stakeholder Satisfaction Varies; TSA Could Take Additional Actions to Strengthen Efforts. 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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Stockman SB (2015) Daughters of Yahweh: Recovering the deep feminine from the Yahweh complex. Doctoral dissertation, Pacifica Graduate Institute

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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Barron J (2016) A Museum Rights Its Course as Its Flagship Returns. New York Times C23

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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