Biology Education Centre

Reference management

When writing scientific texts, it is always important to write where you have taken the information from. This will give your arguments and claims merit from scientifically presented facts. It is important to always cite your sources. This also avoids any plagiarism suspicions.

To make it easier to manage your references there are specifically designed software. These let you add references you find on the internet, save and organise PDF documents, and then in an easy way add these references to e.g. Word according to a specific format. You can find more information about these programs on the University Library web page.

There are many different ways to format your references. These often vary depending on where a scientific paper is published. IBG's format for references is presented in the folder Presenting Science. At the link below you can download this format for Zotero, Mendeley and Papers from Zotero's global style repository. The digital version of IBG's style format differs slightly from the printed one, both are however accepted.

Information on how to install the format for these programs can be found here:

The IBG style is titled Uppsala universitet, Institutionen för biologisk grundutbildning and can be searched for in the global style repository or directly in Mendeley.



IBG's style contains two language versions; British English and Swedish. After you have installed the format you can chose which language you want your references to appear in. See the folder Presenting Science to learn about the differences between the two formats.