How to format your references using the European Journal of Applied Physiology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for European Journal of Applied Physiology. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Sibley CH (2015) Infectious diseases. Understanding artemisinin resistance. Science 347:373–374
A journal article with 2 authors
Hansen DM, Galetti M (2009) Ecology. The forgotten megafauna. Science 324:42–43
A journal article with 3 authors
Ho BT, Basler M, Mekalanos JJ (2013) Type 6 secretion system-mediated immunity to type 4 secretion system-mediated gene transfer. Science 342:250–253
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Fiaux J, Bertelsen EB, Horwich AL, Wüthrich K (2002) NMR analysis of a 900K GroEL GroES complex. Nature 418:207–211

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Anandharamakrishnan C, Ishwarya SP (2015) Spray Drying Techniques for Food Ingredient Encapsulation. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Martínez-Piva JM (ed) (2010) Knowledge Generation and Protection: Intellectual Property, Innovation and Economic Development. Springer, New York, NY
A chapter in an edited book
Al-Amri AM (2013) Ethical Issues in Disclosing Bad News to Cancer Patients: Reflections of an Oncologist in Saudi Arabia. In: Surbone A, Zwitter M, Rajer M, Stiefel R (eds) New Challenges in Communication with Cancer Patients. Springer US, Boston, MA, pp 39–50

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 European Journal of Applied Physiology.

Blog post
Andrew E (2014) Inventor Develops Synthetic “Leaf” That Produces Oxygen. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 2018


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 (2002) Highway Infrastructure: Preliminary Information on the Timely Completion of Highway Construction Projects. 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
Dulick KC (2010) Self-neglect among the elderly: Knowledge and perceptions of MSW students. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Crow K (2001) Untouched, But Touched. New York Times 141

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Sibley 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Hansen and Galetti 2009; Sibley 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Hansen and Galetti 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Fiaux et al. 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleEuropean Journal of Applied Physiology
AbbreviationEur. J. Appl. Physiol.
ISSN (print)1439-6319
ISSN (online)1439-6327
Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
General Medicine
Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
Physiology (medical)

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