How to format your references using the Journal of Comparative Physiology A citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Comparative Physiology A. 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
Azoulay P (2012) Research efficiency: Turn the scientific method on ourselves. Nature 484:31–32
A journal article with 2 authors
Tinel A, Tschopp J (2004) The PIDDosome, a protein complex implicated in activation of caspase-2 in response to genotoxic stress. Science 304:843–846
A journal article with 3 authors
Neves SR, Ram PT, Iyengar R (2002) G protein pathways. Science 296:1636–1639
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Doiron B, Chacron MJ, Maler L, et al (2003) Inhibitory feedback required for network oscillatory responses to communication but not prey stimuli. Nature 421:539–543

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rimai DS (2016) Patent Engineering. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Jäger W, Rannacher R, Warnatz J (eds) (2007) Reactive Flows, Diffusion and Transport: From Experiments via Mathematical Modeling to Numerical Simulation and Optimization Final Report of SFB (Collaborative Research Center) 359. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Shear J (2014) Converging on the Self: Western Philosophy, Eastern Meditation and Scientific Research. In: Menon S, Sinha A, Sreekantan BV (eds) Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Consciousness and the Self. Springer India, New Delhi, pp 41–50

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 Journal of Comparative Physiology A.

Blog post
Taub B (2016) Premature Babies Who Are Breastfed May Have Larger Brains And Higher IQ. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/brain/premature-babies-who-are-breastfed-may-have-larger-brains-and-higher-iq/. Accessed 30 Oct 2018

Reports

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 (2011) Federal Bureau of Investigation: Actions Taken to Address Most Procurement Recommendations. 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
Kilpatrick RF (2010) A World Less Paved. 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
Shear MD, Landler M (2017) U.S. Withholding Its Endorsement on Climate Pact. New York Times A1

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Azoulay 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Tinel and Tschopp 2004; Azoulay 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Tinel and Tschopp 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Doiron et al. 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Comparative Physiology A
AbbreviationJ. Comp. Physiol. A Neuroethol. Sens. Neural Behav. Physiol.
ISSN (print)0340-7594
ISSN (online)1432-1351
ScopeAnimal Science and Zoology
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
Physiology
Behavioral Neuroscience

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