Reference format

 Referencing a publication

In order to refer to a publication it should be named in a way that makes it easy to locate and search for the file. For example you can use the file names to reference papers in manuscripts.


  • FirstAuthor
  • (Year of publication)
  • _ (underscore sign)
  • Journal (official abbreviation)
    for official abbreviations of each journal search on these website: (JabrefNCBI)

optional (if someone published more than one paper in a journal in a year)

  • issue number
  • first page


  • Blankenship(2009)_PlantPhysiol

If this scheme is not enough to identify a publication the issue and first page number can also be included:


  • Blankenship(2009)_PlantPhysiol_11_111

Examples for other type of works

  • Book: Blankenship(2006)_MolecularMechanismsOfPhotosynthesis
  • Dissertation: Hohmann-Marriott(2005)_DissertationArizonaState
  • Master’s Thesis Hohmann-Marriott(1998)_MasterWuerzburg

Benchling publication data base

When you identified a good paper, please consider putting this paper on the Benchling website. Each “Benchling Project” should have a page for articles.

This is an example for an entry:

DOI: 10.1126/science.aal3655
Phylogeny of bacteria, iron uptake