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
Miller, R.A., 2005. Biomedicine. The anti-aging sweepstakes: catalase runs for the ROSes. Science 308, 1875–1876.
A journal article with 2 authors
Fenistein, D., Van Hecke, M., 2003. Kinematics: wide shear zones in granular bulk flow. Nature 425, 256.
A journal article with 3 authors
Nam, J.-M., Thaxton, C.S., Mirkin, C.A., 2003. Nanoparticle-based bio-bar codes for the ultrasensitive detection of proteins. Science 301, 1884–1886.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Vander Weele, C.M., Siciliano, C.A., Matthews, G.A., Namburi, P., Izadmehr, E.M., Espinel, I.C., Nieh, E.H., Schut, E.H.S., Padilla-Coreano, N., Burgos-Robles, A., Chang, C.-J., Kimchi, E.Y., Beyeler, A., Wichmann, R., Wildes, C.P., Tye, K.M., 2018. Dopamine enhances signal-to-noise ratio in cortical-brainstem encoding of aversive stimuli. Nature 563, 397–401.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Armaroli, N., Balzani, V., Serpone, N., 2013. Powering Planet Earth. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany.
An edited book
Peterson, M.P. (Ed.), 2008. International Perspectives on Maps and the Internet, Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Salehi, S., Anwar, R., Hassan, O.H., 2015. Reuse of Palm Oil Sludge in Stoneware: An Eco-friendly Project, in: Hassan, O.H., Abidin, S.Z., Anwar, R., Kamaruzaman, M.F. (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Symposium on Research of Arts, Design and Humanities (ISRADH 2014). Springer, Singapore, pp. 43–53.

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., 2015. How To Make A Zombie: The Science Behind The Undead [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. Aviation Security: Progress Made in Systematic Planning to Guide Key Investment Decisions, but More Work Remains (No. GAO-07-448T). 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
Brown, M.L., 2010. Examining leadership and the laminated glass ceiling: Gender and leadership traits (Doctoral dissertation). Northcentral University, Scottsdale, 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
Dominus, P.S., 2015. Cambio de vidas: Los hermanos perdidos de Bogotá. New York Times MM34.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Miller, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Fenistein and Van Hecke, 2003; Miller, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Fenistein and Van Hecke, 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Vander Weele et al., 2018)

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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