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
Grotzinger, J.P., 2013. Analysis of surface materials by the Curiosity Mars rover. Science 341, 1475.
A journal article with 2 authors
Simons, M., Eichmann, A., 2013. Physiology. Lymphatics are in my veins. Science 341, 622–624.
A journal article with 3 authors
Song, B.-S., Noda, S., Asano, T., 2003. Photonic devices based on in-plane hetero photonic crystals. Science 300, 1537.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Honma, S., Kawamoto, T., Takagi, Y., Fujimoto, K., Sato, F., Noshiro, M., Kato, Y., Honma, K.-I., 2002. Dec1 and Dec2 are regulators of the mammalian molecular clock. Nature 419, 841–844.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Idelberger, K., 2011. The World of Footbridges. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany.
An edited book
Gornitzka, Å., Kogan, M., Amaral, A. (Eds.), 2005. Reform and Change in Higher Education: Analysing Policy Implementation, Higher Education Dynamics. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Blake, J.J., Smith, D.M., Marchbanks, M.P., Seibert, A.L., Wood, S.M., Kim, E.S., 2016. Does Student–Teacher Racial/Ethnic Match Impact Black Students’ Discipline Risk? A Test of the Cultural Synchrony Hypothesis, in: Skiba, R.J., Mediratta, K., Rausch, M.K. (Eds.), Inequality in School Discipline: Research and Practice to Reduce Disparities. Palgrave Macmillan US, New York, NY, pp. 79–98.

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
Andrew, E., 2013. Physicists Finally Capture High-Energy Cosmic Neutrinos After 40 Years Of Trying [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, 2002. Homeland Security: Information Technology Funding and Associated Management Issues (No. GAO-03-250). 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
Harris, A.E., 2017. A quantitative study of the impact of CFO and auditor turnover on internal control weaknesses (Doctoral dissertation). Capella University, Minneapolis, MN.

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
Paulson, M., 2017. ‘Great Comet’ Shines Bright. New York Times C1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Grotzinger, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Grotzinger, 2013; Simons and Eichmann, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Simons and Eichmann, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Honma 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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