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
Dalton, R., 2002. Palaeoanthropology: face to face with our past. Nature 420, 735–736.
A journal article with 2 authors
Vaquero, L.M., Cebrian, M., 2013. The rich club phenomenon in the classroom. Sci. Rep. 3, 1174.
A journal article with 3 authors
Van Hoof, C., Baert, K., Witvrouw, A., 2004. Physics. The best materials for tiny, clever sensors. Science 306, 986–987.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Kang, J.X., Wang, J., Wu, L., Kang, Z.B., 2004. Transgenic mice: fat-1 mice convert n-6 to n-3 fatty acids. Nature 427, 504.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Reiman, J., 2012. As Free and as Just as Possible. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK.
An edited book
Mastorakis, N., Mladenov, V., Kontargyri, V.T. (Eds.), 2009. Proceedings of the European Computing Conference: Volume 2, Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering. Springer US, Boston, MA.
A chapter in an edited book
Pluhacek, M., Senkerik, R., Zelinka, I., 2013. Multiple Choice Strategy – A Novel Approach for Particle Swarm Optimization – Preliminary Study, in: Rutkowski, L., Korytkowski, M., Scherer, R., Tadeusiewicz, R., Zadeh, L.A., Zurada, J.M. (Eds.), Artificial Intelligence and Soft Computing: 12th International Conference, ICAISC 2013, Zakopane, Poland, June 9-13, 2013, Proceedings, Part II, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 36–45.

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
Taub, B., 2016. Soldiers’ Brains Electrocuted To Make Them More Attentive [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, 2012. Recovery Act: Broadband Programs Are Ongoing, and Agencies’ Efforts Would Benefit from Improved Data Quality (No. GAO-12-937). 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
Alexander, B.C., 2009. A descriptive study of intercollegiate athletics in Mississippi’s public community and junior colleges (Doctoral dissertation). Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS.

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
Gorman, J., 2016. Up for Anyting: The Common Swift, Ever in the Air. New York Times D2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Dalton, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Dalton, 2002; Vaquero and Cebrian, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Vaquero and Cebrian, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Kang 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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