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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Comparative Physiology B. 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
Legenstein R (2015) Computer science: Nanoscale connections for brain-like circuits. Nature 521:37–38
A journal article with 2 authors
Kepecs A, Fishell G (2014) Interneuron cell types are fit to function. Nature 505:318–326
A journal article with 3 authors
Nimmerjahn A, Kirchhoff F, Helmchen F (2005) Resting microglial cells are highly dynamic surveillants of brain parenchyma in vivo. Science 308:1314–1318
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Somers CM, McCarry BE, Malek F, Quinn JS (2004) Reduction of particulate air pollution lowers the risk of heritable mutations in mice. Science 304:1008–1010

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lamattina JL (2012) Devalued and Distrusted. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Toebes B, Ferguson R, Markovic MM, Nnamuchi O (eds) (2014) The Right to Health: A Multi-Country Study of Law, Policy and Practice. T.M.C. Asser Press, The Hague
A chapter in an edited book
Potylitsyn AP, Ryazanov MI, Strikhanov MN, Tishchenko AA (2011) Diffraction Radiation in the Ultraviolet and Soft X-Ray Regions. In: Ryazanov MI, Strikhanov MN, Tishchenko AA (eds) Diffraction Radiation from Relativistic Particles. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 105–136

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 B.

Blog post
Andrew E (2015) Common Pesticide Damages Bee Brains And Affects Colony Performance. 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 (1980) A Look at NASA’s Aircraft Energy Efficiency Program. 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
Gowda V (2009) Pollination biology and inter-island geographical variation in the mutualistic Heliconia (Heliconiaceae)-hummingbird (Trochilidae) interaction of the Eastern Caribbean Islands. 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
Mahler J, Confessore N (2015) Puerto Rico’s Pricey Struggle. 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 (Legenstein 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Kepecs and Fishell 2014; Legenstein 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Kepecs and Fishell 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Somers et al. 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Comparative Physiology B
AbbreviationJ. Comp. Physiol. B
ISSN (print)0174-1578
ISSN (online)1432-136X
ScopeAnimal Science and Zoology
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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