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
Portman ME (2015) You’ll be OK. Science 348:1282
A journal article with 2 authors
Andreasen R, Sharma M (2006) Solar nebula heterogeneity in p-process samarium and neodymium isotopes. Science 314:806–809
A journal article with 3 authors
Kusumbe AP, Ramasamy SK, Adams RH (2014) Coupling of angiogenesis and osteogenesis by a specific vessel subtype in bone. Nature 507:323–328
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Cui H, Chen Z, Zhong S, et al (2007) Block copolymer assembly via kinetic control. Science 317:647–650

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bernstein L, Yuhas CM (2005) Trustworthy Systems through Quantitative Software Engineering. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Wang Y, Zhang X (eds) (2012) Internet of Things: International Workshop, IOT 2012, Changsha, China, August 17-19, 2012. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Choi J, Hwang H, Hong W (2011) Predicting the Probability of Evacuation Congestion Occurrence Relating to Elapsed Time and Vertical Section in a High-rise Building. In: Peacock RD, Kuligowski ED, Averill JD (eds) Pedestrian and Evacuation Dynamics. Springer US, Boston, MA, pp 37–46

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) Chimps And Gorillas Desperately Need Ebola Vaccine Too – Virus Has Wiped Out A Third Of Them. 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 (2016) Intellectual Property: Patent Office Should Strengthen Search Capabilities and Better Monitor Examiners’ Work. 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
Garibay O (2017) Towards a hybrid approach to mariachi education - Bridging the gap between formal and informal transmission of musical culture. 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
Rich N (2014) The New Origin of the Species. New York Times MM24

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Portman 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Andreasen and Sharma 2006; Portman 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Andreasen and Sharma 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Cui et al. 2007)

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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