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
Gershon, D., 2000. The economic impact of Silicon Valley’s immigrant entrepreneurs. Nature 405, 598.
A journal article with 2 authors
Flames, N., Hobert, O., 2009. Gene regulatory logic of dopamine neuron differentiation. Nature 458, 885–889.
A journal article with 3 authors
Robinson, J.W.A., Witt, J.D.S., Blamire, M.G., 2010. Controlled injection of spin-triplet supercurrents into a strong ferromagnet. Science 329, 59–61.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Yuan, L., Liu, J.-G., Hoja, M.-R., Wilbertz, J., Nordqvist, K., Höög, C., 2002. Female germ cell aneuploidy and embryo death in mice lacking the meiosis-specific protein SCP3. Science 296, 1115–1118.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Menk, F.W., Waters, C.L., 2013. Magnetoseismology. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany.
An edited book
Paterson, M.S., 2005. Experimental Rock Deformation — The Brittle Field, Second, Completely Revised and Updated Edition. ed. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Muraoka, T., Watanabe, Y., Kanosue, K., 2015. Intra- and Inter-person Coordinated Movements of Fingers and Toes, in: Kanosue, K., Nagami, T., Tsuchiya, J. (Eds.), Sports Performance. Springer Japan, Tokyo, pp. 37–48.

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, D., 2015. How Much Water Would It Take To Extinguish The Sun? [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, 1991. Tax System Modernization: Status of On-Line Files Initiative and Telecommunications Planning (No. IMTEC-91-41FS). 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
Koblick, D.C., 2012. Parallel high-precision orbit propagation using the modified Picard-Chebyshev method (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Greenhouse, L., 2006. COURT TO WEIGH RACE AS A FACTOR IN SCHOOL ROLLS. New York Times A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gershon, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Flames and Hobert, 2009; Gershon, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Flames and Hobert, 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Yuan 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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