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
Phillips D (2002) Obituary: George Porter (1920-2002). Nature 419:578
A journal article with 2 authors
Barrangou R, Klaenhammer TR (2014) Microbiology: Bacteria get vaccinated. Nature 513:175–176
A journal article with 3 authors
Liu Q-S, Pu L, Poo M-M (2005) Repeated cocaine exposure in vivo facilitates LTP induction in midbrain dopamine neurons. Nature 437:1027–1031
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Fahrer AM, Bazan JF, Papathanasiou P, et al (2001) A genomic view of immunology. Nature 409:836–838

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Teague KA, Gallicchio N (2017) The Evolution of Meteorology. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Barthe G (ed) (2011) Programming Languages and Systems: 20th European Symposium on Programming, ESOP 2011, Held as Part of the Joint European Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software, ETAPS 2011, Saarbrücken, Germany, March 26–April 3, 2011. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Georgara D, Kermanidis KL, Mariolis I (2012) Support Vector Machine Classification of Protein Sequences to Functional Families Based on Motif Selection. In: Iliadis L, Maglogiannis I, Papadopoulos H (eds) Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations: 8th IFIP WG 12.5 International Conference, AIAI 2012, Halkidiki, Greece, September 27-30, 2012, Proceedings, Part I. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 28–36

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
Andrew D (2017) San Francisco Biohackers Are Wearing Implants Made For Diabetes In The Pursuit Of “Human Enhancement.” In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/san-francisco-biohackers-are-wearing-implants-made-for-diabetes-in-the-pursuit-of-human-enhancement/. 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 (1992) Embedded Computer Systems: C-17 Software Development Problems. 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
Peters WC (2017) An Evaluation of the Relationship Between Critical Technology Developments and Technology Maturity. Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University

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
Hubbard B, Barnard A (2016) In the Middle East, Another Conflict: What to Make of the Election of Trump. New York Times P3

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Phillips 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Phillips 2002; Barrangou and Klaenhammer 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Barrangou and Klaenhammer 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Fahrer et al. 2001)

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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