How to format your references using the Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part D: Genomics and Proteomics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part D: Genomics and Proteomics. 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
Schiermeier, Q., 2003. Europe told to unite on spy satellites. Nature 422, 361.
A journal article with 2 authors
Baldauf, D., Desimone, R., 2014. Neural mechanisms of object-based attention. Science 344, 424–427.
A journal article with 3 authors
Nishida, N., Katamine, S., Manuelidis, L., 2005. Reciprocal interference between specific CJD and scrapie agents in neural cell cultures. Science 310, 493–496.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Eshraghi, A., Osman, N.A.A., Gholizadeh, H., Ahmadian, J., Rahmati, B., Abas, W.A.B.W., 2013. Development and evaluation of new coupling system for lower limb prostheses with acoustic alarm system. Sci. Rep. 3, 2270.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Chen, Z.N., Chia, M.Y.W., 2006. Broadband Planar Antennas. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Govorov, A., 2016. Understanding and Modeling Förster-type Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET): Introduction to FRET, Vol. 1, SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology. Springer, Singapore.
A chapter in an edited book
Ramos, N.M.M., Delgado, J.M.P.Q., Almeida, R.M.S.F., Simões, M.L., Manuel, S., 2016. Case Study, in: Delgado, J.M.P.Q., Almeida, R.M.S.F., Simões, M.L., Manuel, S. (Eds.), Application of Data Mining Techniques in the Analysis of Indoor Hygrothermal Conditions, SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 31–36.

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 D: Genomics and Proteomics.

Blog post
Davis, J., 2015. Bonobo “Speech” Is Similar To Human Baby Talk [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, 1983. Follow-up Review of the IR Maverick Program (No. 931116). 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
Avila, B., 2013. Comparison of paternal and maternal involvement in a government funded home-based intervention program: A multivariate analysis of parent gender, child gender and age of the child (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
Schwirtz, M., 2017. Two Ex-Correction Officials Deny Clearing Trips to Maine. New York Times A19.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Schiermeier, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Baldauf and Desimone, 2014; Schiermeier, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Baldauf and Desimone, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Eshraghi et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleComparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part D: Genomics and Proteomics
AbbreviationComp. Biochem. Physiol. Part D Genomics Proteomics
ISSN (print)1744-117X
Molecular Biology

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