How to format your references using the Journal of Physiology - Paris citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Physiology - Paris. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
McClelland, J.L., 2012. Retrospective. R. Duncan Luce (1925-2012). Science 337, 1619.
A journal article with 2 authors
Szule, J.A., Coorssen, J.R., 2004. Comment on “Transmembrane segments of syntaxin line the fusion pore of Ca2+-triggered exocytosis.” Science 306, 813; author reply 813.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lackner, L.L., Horner, J.S., Nunnari, J., 2009. Mechanistic analysis of a dynamin effector. Science 325, 874–877.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Cheng, J., Türkel, N., Hemati, N., Fuller, M.T., Hunt, A.J., Yamashita, Y.M., 2008. Centrosome misorientation reduces stem cell division during ageing. Nature 456, 599–604.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Traitler, H., Coleman, B., Hofmann, K., 2015. Food Industry Design, Technology and Innovation. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Paris, O. (Ed.), 2016. Structure and Multiscale Mechanics of Carbon Nanomaterials, 1st ed, CISM International Centre for Mechanical Sciences. Springer, Vienna.
A chapter in an edited book
Jiao, L.R., Navarra, G., Weber, J.-C., Havlic, R., Nicholls, J.P., Habib, N.A., 2006. Radio Frequency Assisted Liver Resection: The Habib’s Technique, in: Habib, N.A., Canelo, R. (Eds.), Liver and Pancreatic Diseases Management, Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. Springer US, Boston, MA, pp. 31–37.

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 Physiology - Paris.

Blog post
Davis, J., 2017. Artificial Intelligence Developed That Is As Accurate At Identifying Skin Cancer As Doctors [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1990. Special Education: Estimates of Handicapped Indian Preschoolers and Sufficiency of Services (No. HRD-90-61BR). 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, A., 2009. The mark of gender: Depicting power and the female body in colonial Peru (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Taylor, K., 2015. Named Next President of N.Y.U., Oxford’s Leader Inherits Challenges. New York Times A20.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (McClelland, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (McClelland, 2012; Szule and Coorssen, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Szule and Coorssen, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Cheng et al., 2008)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Physiology - Paris
AbbreviationJ. Physiol. Paris
ISSN (print)0928-4257
ScopePhysiology (medical)
General Neuroscience

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