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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part C. 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
Burrow, C.J., 2003. Comment on “Separate evolutionary origins of teeth from evidence in fossil jawed vertebrates.” Science 300, 1661; author reply 1661.
A journal article with 2 authors
Soutoglou, E., Talianidis, I., 2002. Coordination of PIC assembly and chromatin remodeling during differentiation-induced gene activation. Science 295, 1901–1904.
A journal article with 3 authors
Liu, S.-M., Chen, W., Wang, J., 2014. Distinguishing between cancer cell differentiation and resistance induced by all-trans retinoic acid using transcriptional profiles and functional pathway analysis. Sci. Rep. 4, 5577.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Lecossier, D., Bouchonnet, F., Clavel, F., Hance, A.J., 2003. Hypermutation of HIV-1 DNA in the absence of the Vif protein. Science 300, 1112.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kramer, A., Legeard, B., 2016. Model-Based Testing Essentials. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Tuschmann, W., 2015. Moduli Spaces of Riemannian Metrics, Oberwolfach Seminars. Springer, Basel.
A chapter in an edited book
Bennett, S.T., 2015. Validation of Hemostasis Assays, Analyzers, and Reagents, in: Lehman, C.M., Rodgers, G.M. (Eds.), Laboratory Hemostasis: A Practical Guide for Pathologists. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 45–67.

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 C.

Blog post
Andrew, D., 2016. 11 Common Traits Of Highly Intelligent People [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, 2007. Weather Forecasting: National Weather Service’s Operations Prototype Needs More Rigorous Planning (No. GAO-07-650). 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
Nakano, A.M., 2012. Community college swirlers and the transfer function (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
Sisario, B., 2017. Judge Voids Deal Over Prince Catalog. New York Times B4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Burrow, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Burrow, 2003; Soutoglou and Talianidis, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Soutoglou and Talianidis, 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Lecossier et al., 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleComparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part C
AbbreviationComp. Biochem. Physiol. C. Toxicol. Pharmacol.
ISSN (print)1532-0456
Cell Biology
Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
General Medicine

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