How to format your references using the American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory, Integrative, and Comparative Physiology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory, Integrative, and Comparative Physiology. 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
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Lake JA. Evidence for an early prokaryotic endosymbiosis. Nature 460: 967–971, 2009.
A journal article with 2 authors
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Brookes JD, Carey CC. Ecology. Resilience to blooms. Science 334: 46–47, 2011.
A journal article with 3 authors
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Bino A, Ardon M, Shirman E. Formation of a carbon-carbon triple bond by coupling reactions in aqueous solution. Science 308: 234–235, 2005.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
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Chang P, Fang Y, Saravanan R, Ji L, Seidel H. The cause of the fragile relationship between the Pacific El Niño and the Atlantic Niño. Nature 443: 324–328, 2006.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
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Wang Z-G. Internal Combustion Processes of Liquid Rocket Engines. Singapore: John Wiley & Sons Singapore Pte Ltd, 2016.
An edited book
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Kronvang B, Faganeli J, Ogrinc N, editors. The Interactions Between Sediments and Water. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, 2006.
A chapter in an edited book
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Qin Y, Yao L, Sheng QZ. Approximate Semantic Matching over Linked Data Streams. In: Database and Expert Systems Applications: 27th International Conference, DEXA 2016, Porto, Portugal, September 5-8, 2016, Proceedings, Part II, edited by Hartmann S, Ma H. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2016, p. 37–51.

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 American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory, Integrative, and Comparative Physiology.

Blog post
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Andrews R. How To Destroy A Galaxy [Online]. IFLScience IFLScience: 2016. https://www.iflscience.com/physics/how-to-destroy-a-galaxy/ [30 Oct. 2018].

Reports

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
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Government Accountability Office. Internet Infrastructure: Challenges in Developing a Public/Private Recovery Plan. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2006.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
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Ashirgade A. Mechanistic study of the rubber-brass adhesion interphase. University of Cincinnati: 2010.

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
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Kelly M. PRESIDENT TAKES PLANS TO VOTERS. New York Times: A17, 1993.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (2).
This sentence cites two references (3, 4).
This sentence cites four references (4, 5, 7, 8).

About the journal

Full journal titleAmerican Journal of Physiology - Regulatory, Integrative, and Comparative Physiology
AbbreviationAm. J. Physiol. Regul. Integr. Comp. Physiol.
ISSN (print)0363-6119
ISSN (online)1522-1490
ScopePhysiology
Physiology (medical)

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