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
Ihde, D., 2000. Putting technology in its place. Nature 404, 935.
A journal article with 2 authors
Cascales, E., Christie, P.J., 2004. Definition of a bacterial type IV secretion pathway for a DNA substrate. Science 304, 1170–1173.
A journal article with 3 authors
Perrachione, T.K., Del Tufo, S.N., Gabrieli, J.D.E., 2011. Human voice recognition depends on language ability. Science 333, 595.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Cota, D., Proulx, K., Smith, K.A.B., Kozma, S.C., Thomas, G., Woods, S.C., Seeley, R.J., 2006. Hypothalamic mTOR signaling regulates food intake. Science 312, 927–930.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Yao, Y., Liu, S., 2014. Ultrasonic Technology for Desiccant Regeneration. John Wiley & Sons Singapore Pte. Ltd, Singapore.
An edited book
Mendonca, A., Cunha, A., Chakrabarti, R. (Eds.), 2012. Natural Resources, Sustainability and Humanity: A Comprehensive View. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Hirsch, M., Passenbrunner, T.E., 2012. Extension of Static Non-linear DoE Identification Algorithms to Dynamic Systems, in: Moreno-Díaz, R., Pichler, F., Quesada-Arencibia, A. (Eds.), Computer Aided Systems Theory – EUROCAST 2011: 13th International Conference, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, February 6-11, 2011, Revised Selected Papers, Part II, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 33–40.

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
Andrew, E., 2014. New Video Shows Snake That Ate a Pitbull Whole! [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, 1998. Intercity Passenger Rail: Outlook for Improving Amtrak’s Financial Health (No. T-RCED-98-134). 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
Hitchings, J.D., 2008. Teachers’ perceptions of evidence-based decision making: A case study of three schools in British Columbia (Doctoral dissertation). University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ.

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
Skurnick, L., Bai, M., Spitznagel, E., Batali, M., Gross, J., Reeves, H., Henig, S., Newton, M., Sittenfeld, C., Kelly, J., Shortz, W., Giudice, T., Itzkoff, D., Hanel, M., Cowen, T., 2012. The One-Page Magazine. New York Times MM9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ihde, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Cascales and Christie, 2004; Ihde, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Cascales and Christie, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Cota et al., 2006)

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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