How to format your references using the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
C. McCammon, Geophysics. Deep diamond mysteries, Science. 293 (2001) 813–814.
A journal article with 2 authors
S.W. Knight, B.L. Bass, A role for the RNase III enzyme DCR-1 in RNA interference and germ line development in Caenorhabditis elegans, Science. 293 (2001) 2269–2271.
A journal article with 3 authors
H. Lee, R. Habas, C. Abate-Shen, MSX1 cooperates with histone H1b for inhibition of transcription and myogenesis, Science. 304 (2004) 1675–1678.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
T. Matsumoto, M. Hoga, Y. Ohyagi, M. Ishikawa, M. Naruse, K. Hanaki, R. Suzuki, D. Sekiguchi, N. Tate, M. Ohtsu, Nano-artifact metrics based on random collapse of resist, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 6142.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J. Dunlop, D. Girma, J. Irvine, Digital Mobile Communications and the Tetra System, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., West Sussex, England, 2013.
An edited book
B.H. Jeng, ed., Advances in Medical and Surgical Cornea: From Diagnosis to Procedure, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
T.M. Ryan, S. Sukhdeo, KSD-VP-1/1: Analysis of the Postcranial Skeleton Using High-Resolution Computed Tomography, in: Y. Haile-Selassie, D.F. Su (Eds.), The Postcranial Anatomy of Australopithecus Afarensis: New Insights from KSD-VP-1/1, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2016: pp. 39–62.

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 Inorganic Biochemistry.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Differences Between Men And Women Are More Than The Sum Of Their Genes, IFLScience. (2015). (accessed October 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, Agriculture ADP Procurement: Contracting and Market Share Information, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1990.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
L. Li, Internal conflicts through external design: Costuming the contradictions in “The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer,” Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2012.

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
J. Poniewozik, Big Ideas and Short-Term Stays, New York Times. (2017) C6.

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 Inorganic Biochemistry
AbbreviationJ. Inorg. Biochem.
ISSN (print)0162-0134
Inorganic Chemistry

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