How to format your references using the Journal of Photochemistry & Photobiology, B: Biology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Photochemistry & Photobiology, B: 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.
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
E. Gibney, How to tame the flood of literature, Nature. 513 (2014) 129–130.
A journal article with 2 authors
R. Amamoto, P. Arlotta, Development-inspired reprogramming of the mammalian central nervous system, Science. 343 (2014) 1239882.
A journal article with 3 authors
T. Rich, R.L. Allen, A.H. Wyllie, Defying death after DNA damage, Nature. 407 (2000) 777–783.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
U. Riller, M.H. Poelchau, A.S.P. Rae, F.M. Schulte, G.S. Collins, H.J. Melosh, R.A.F. Grieve, J.V. Morgan, S.P.S. Gulick, J. Lofi, A. Diaw, N. McCall, D.A. Kring, IODP–ICDP Expedition 364 Science Party, Rock fluidization during peak-ring formation of large impact structures, Nature. 562 (2018) 511–518.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
P. Frank, M.A. Ottoboni, The Dose Makes the Poison, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2011.
An edited book
L.-P. Kamolz, M.G. Jeschke, R.E. Horch, M. Küntscher, P. Brychta, eds., Handbook of Burns: Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Volume 2, Springer, Vienna, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
S. Berg, B.-I. Börner, H. Rasch, J. Müller-Brand, G. Bongartz, Hybrid Imaging with SPECT/CT — Presentation of 5 Cases, in: T.M. Buzug, D. Holz, J. Bongartz, M. Kohl-Bareis, U. Hartmann, S. Weber (Eds.), Advances in Medical Engineering, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2007: pp. 37–41.

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 Photochemistry & Photobiology, B: Biology.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Hunting For Living Fossils In Indonesian Waters, 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, Cost Comparison of House of Representatives Page System Versus Regular Messenger Employees, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1983.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
D.M. Hume, The reader as collaborator in Coleridge’s fragments “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, “Christabel,” and “Kubla Khan”: Kindling “Native flames” rather than reflecting “Alien fires,” Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2010.

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
STEVEN LEE MYERS; Sophia Kishkovsky contributed reporting for this article, Russian Court Delays Ruling In Fraud Trial Of Oil Tycoon, New York Times. (2005) A8.

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 Photochemistry & Photobiology, B: Biology
AbbreviationJ. Photochem. Photobiol. B
ISSN (print)1011-1344
Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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