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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Structural 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
Colliex, C., 2015. Chemistry. Tracking the merry dance of nanoparticles. Science 349, 232–233.
A journal article with 2 authors
Zitvogel, L., Kroemer, G., 2015. Cancer: Antibodies regulate antitumour immunity. Nature 521, 35–37.
A journal article with 3 authors
Smith, F.G., Davies, R., Lyne, A., 2012. Bernard Lovell (1913-2012). Nature 488, 592.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Choi, Y., Sim, S., Lim, S.C., Lee, Y.H., Choi, H., 2013. Ultrafast biexciton spectroscopy in semiconductor quantum dots: evidence for early emergence of multiple-exciton generation. Sci. Rep. 3, 3206.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Marks, K.H., Robbins, L.E., Fernández, G., Funkhouser, J.P., Williams, D.L., 2009. The Handbook of Financing Growth. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Supalov, A., 2014. Optimizing HPC Applications with Intel® Cluster Tools. Apress, Berkeley, CA.
A chapter in an edited book
Banerjee, S., Gerlitz, J.-Y., Kniveton, D., 2013. A Methodology for Assessing Patterns of Labour Migration in Mountain Communities Exposed to Water Hazards, in: Faist, T., Schade, J. (Eds.), Disentangling Migration and Climate Change: Methodologies, Political Discourses and Human Rights. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp. 81–100.

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 Structural Biology.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2015. Source Of Black Hole Jets Revealed For The First Time [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 2000. Telecommunications: Technological and Regulatory Factors Affecting Consumer Choice of Internet Providers (No. GAO-01-93). 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
Tzillah, A., 2009. The emissions of selected air pollutants from biodiesel fuel usage (Doctoral dissertation). University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

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
Becker, J.O., Goldman, A., Apuzzo, M., 2017. Emails Disclose Trump Son’s Glee at Russian Offer. New York Times A1.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Colliex, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Colliex, 2015; Zitvogel and Kroemer, 2015).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Zitvogel and Kroemer, 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Choi et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Structural Biology
AbbreviationJ. Struct. Biol.
ISSN (print)1047-8477
ScopeStructural Biology

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