Biology Direct Referencing Guide
(updated Jun 2024)


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How to do citations in Biology Direct style?

This is the Citationsy guide to Biology Direct citations, reference lists, in-text citations, and bibliographies.
The complete, comprehensive guide shows you how easy citing any source can be. Referencing books, youtube videos, websites, articles, journals, podcasts, images, videos, or music in Biology Direct.

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How do you cite a book in the Biology Direct referencing style? (2024 Guide)

A book citation in Biology Direct always includes the author name(s), the publication year, the book title, and the publisher. Here’s an example

Here’s an example book citation in Biology Direct using placeholders:
1. Last Name FN. Title. Edition. Editor Last Name EFN, editor. City: Publisher; 2000.
So if we want to cite, for example, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou we’d do so like this:
Biology Direct citation:
1. Angelou M. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. 1st ed. New York: Random House; 1969.
And an in-text citation book citation in Biology Direct looks like this: [1]


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How to reference a journal article in the Biology Direct citation style?

How do you cite scientific papers in Biology Direct format?

Have you come across a research paper or journal article you would like to cite in your own research? Here’s how to do it in Biology Direct

Here’s a Biology Direct journal citation example using placeholders:
1. Author1 LastnameAF, Author3 LastnameAF. Title. Container [Internet]. Journal Name; 2000 [cited 2024Jun.21];Volume:pages Used. URL
So if we want to reference this scientific article: “Testing consumer preferences for iced-coffee: Does the drinking environment have any influence?” by C. Petit and J.M. Sieffermann in Biology Direct: