How to format your references using the Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part B citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part B. 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
Alon, U., 2003. Biological networks: the tinkerer as an engineer. Science 301, 1866–1867.
A journal article with 2 authors
Cane, M.A., Molnar, P., 2001. Closing of the Indonesian seaway as a precursor to east African aridification around 3-4 million years ago. Nature 411, 157–162.
A journal article with 3 authors
Monteggia, L.M., Malenka, R.C., Deisseroth, K., 2014. Depression: the best way forward. Nature 515, 200–201.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Santoro, G.E., Martonák, R., Tosatti, E., Car, R., 2002. Theory of quantum annealing of an Ising spin glass. Science 295, 2427–2430.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Holmes, J.D., 2016. Great Myths of Education and Learning. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Dwyer, T., Purchase, H., Delaney, A. (Eds.), 2014. Diagrammatic Representation and Inference: 8th International Conference, Diagrams 2014, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, July 28 – August 1, 2014. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Tang, X., Zhang, N., Wang, Z., 2007. Exploration of TCM Masters Knowledge Mining, in: Shi, Y., Albada, G.D. van, Dongarra, J., Sloot, P.M.A. (Eds.), Computational Science – ICCS 2007: 7th International Conference, Beijing, China, May 27 - 30, 2007, Proceedings, Part IV, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 35–42.

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 Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part B.

Blog post
Carpineti, A., 2015. A Solar Storm Reportedly Made Airplanes Disappear From Radars [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 2008. Office of Personnel Management: Improvements Needed to Ensure Successful Retirement Systems Modernization (No. GAO-08-345). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Patrick, N.S., 2010. Employees’ Perceptions of Employers’ Response After Workplace Injury (Doctoral dissertation). Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL.

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
Poniewozik, J., 2017. Close Encounter With a Moviemaking Genius. New York Times C10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Alon, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Alon, 2003; Cane and Molnar, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Cane and Molnar, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Santoro et al., 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleComparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part B
AbbreviationComp. Biochem. Physiol. B Biochem. Mol. Biol.
ISSN (print)1096-4959
Molecular Biology

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