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
Maren S (2007) Neuroscience. The threatened brain. Science 317:1043–1044
A journal article with 2 authors
Pellettieri J, Seydoux G (2002) Anterior-posterior polarity in C. elegans and Drosophila--PARallels and differences. Science 298:1946–1950
A journal article with 3 authors
Savill J, Gregory C, Haslett C (2003) Cell biology. Eat me or die. Science 302:1516–1517
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Refojo D, Schweizer M, Kuehne C, et al (2011) Glutamatergic and dopaminergic neurons mediate anxiogenic and anxiolytic effects of CRHR1. Science 333:1903–1907

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kunz W (2012) Do Species Exist? Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany
An edited book
Vincent J-L, Hall JB (eds) (2012) Encyclopedia of Intensive Care Medicine. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Ong K, Cregin R (2014) Electronic Health Record and Patient Safety. In: Agrawal A (ed) Patient Safety: A Case-Based Comprehensive Guide. Springer, New York, NY, pp 69–86

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 D (2017) How Do Animals See In The Dark? In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/how-do-animals-see-in-the-dark/. 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 (2015) Regulatory Guidance Processes: Selected Departments Could Strengthen Internal Control and Dissemination Practices. 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
Nevin MJ (2017) Addressing the Learning Outcomes and Assessment Methods Associated with Participation in Student Government Associations: A Qualitative Study of California Community Colleges. 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
Jorden J (2017) Scaling the Everest of Opera. New York Times AR8

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Maren 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Pellettieri and Seydoux 2002; Maren 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Pellettieri and Seydoux 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Refojo et al. 2011)

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
Biochemistry
Endocrinology
Physiology

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