How to format your references using the Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular 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
R.A. Lewin, Why rename things?, Nature. 410 (2001) 637.
A journal article with 2 authors
M.G. Guenther, R.A. Young, Transcription. Repressive transcription, Science. 329 (2010) 150–151.
A journal article with 3 authors
C.M. McGraw, R.C. Samaco, H.Y. Zoghbi, Adult neural function requires MeCP2, Science. 333 (2011) 186.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
S.E. Miller, B.M. Collins, A.J. McCoy, M.S. Robinson, D.J. Owen, A SNARE-adaptor interaction is a new mode of cargo recognition in clathrin-coated vesicles, Nature. 450 (2007) 570–574.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
E. Böhmer, Dentistry in Rabbits and Rodents, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2015.
An edited book
T.-H. Kim, D.-S. Ko, T. Vasilakos, A. Stoica, J. Abawajy, eds., Computer Applications for Communication, Networking, and Digital Contents: International Conferences, FGCN and DCA 2012, Held as Part of the Future Generation Information Technology Conference, FGIT 2012, Gangneug, Korea, December 16-19, 2012. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
A. Ferrari, S. Reverberi, M.G. Benedetti, Deformità in cavismo del piede, in: S. Reverberi, M.G. Benedetti (Eds.), L’arto Inferiore Nella Paralisi Cerebrale Infantile: Semeiotica e Chirurgia Funzionale, Springer, Milano, 2013: pp. 111–117.

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 Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Blog post
S. Luntz, Crop Records Reveal Madagascar And Comoros Were Settled From Southeast Asia, IFLScience. (2016). (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, Executive Office of the President: Analysis of Mandated Report on Key Information Technology Areas, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2002.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
K. Sharp, The Epistolary Form: A Familiar Fiction, Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, 2016.

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
B. Hubbard, Airstrikes Kill Dozens in Western Yemen, New York Times. (2016) A7.

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 Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
AbbreviationJ. Steroid Biochem. Mol. Biol.
ISSN (print)0960-0760
Cell Biology
Clinical Biochemistry
Molecular Biology
Molecular Medicine
Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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