How to format your references using the Research on Biomedical Engineering citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Research on Biomedical Engineering (RBE). 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
Roebroeks W. Archaeology: Art on the move. Nature. 2014;514:170–1. PMid:25297428. .
A journal article with 2 authors
Schneider DS, Chambers MC. Microbiology. Rogue insect immunity. Science. 2008;322:1199–200. PMid:19023073. .
A journal article with 3 authors
DeBose JL, Lema SC, Nevitt GA. Dimethylsulfoniopropionate as a foraging cue for reef fishes. Science. 2008;319:1356. PMid:18323445. .
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Honaramooz A, Snedaker A, Boiani M, Schöler H, Dobrinski I, Schlatt S. Sperm from neonatal mammalian testes grafted in mice. Nature. 2002;418:778–81. PMid:12181567. .

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ahonen TT, Kasper T, Melkko S. 3G Marketing. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2005.
An edited book
Veit HM, Moura Bernardes A, editors. Electronic Waste: Recycling Techniques. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
Cristini C, Cesa-Bianchi G. Le emozioni invecchiano? In: Ghilardi A, editor. Sentire e pensare: Emozioni e apprendimento fra mente e cervello, Milano: Springer; 2009, p. 45–67.

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 Research on Biomedical Engineering.

Blog post
Andrew E. Watch As Great White Shark Steals Bag of Chum From Boat. IFLScience. 2014. [cited 2018 October 30]. Available from:


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. A Bibliography of Documents Issued by the GAO on Matters Related to: Health. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1981.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Hwang YJ. Three Essays on Economics and Risk Perception. [Doctoral dissertation]. 2006. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University.

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
St. John Kelly E. Mariners, Still Playing for Guts, Glory and No Pay, Near a Title. New York Times. 1997:1410.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Roebroeks, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Roebroeks, 2014; Schneider and Chambers, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Schneider and Chambers, 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Honaramooz et al., 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleResearch on Biomedical Engineering
ISSN (print)2446-4732
ISSN (online)2446-4740

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