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
Smith, O., 2003. Biomedicine. Nota bene: weathering the big chill. Science 299, 530.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wei, J., Tong, L., 2015. Crystal structure of the 500-kDa yeast acetyl-CoA carboxylase holoenzyme dimer. Nature 526, 723–727.
A journal article with 3 authors
Laubach, M., Wessberg, J., Nicolelis, M.A., 2000. Cortical ensemble activity increasingly predicts behaviour outcomes during learning of a motor task. Nature 405, 567–571.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Huang, L.R., Cox, E.C., Austin, R.H., Sturm, J.C., 2004. Continuous particle separation through deterministic lateral displacement. Science 304, 987–990.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Center for Chemical Process Safety, 2015. Guidelines for Defining Process Safety Competency Requirements. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Gagarina, N., Gulzow, I. (Eds.), 2006. The Acquisition of Verbs and their Grammar: The Effect of Particular Languages, Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Séguy, I., Buchet, L., 2013. Establishing a Reference Population, in: Buchet, L. (Ed.), Handbook of Palaeodemography, INED Population Studies. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 53–81.

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
Fang, J., 2015. Why Are Humans So Afraid Of Spiders? [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. Federal Family Education Loan Program: Increased Department of Education Oversight of Lender and School Activities Needed to Help Ensure Program Compliance (No. GAO-07-750). 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
Bouyer, J., 2017. Temporary Leadership in Athletics: The Experiences of Interim NCAA Directors of Athletics (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
Brantley, B., 2017. A Revenge Tragedy Colored by Brecht. New York Times C5.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Smith, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Smith, 2003; Wei and Tong, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Wei and Tong, 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Huang et al., 2004)

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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