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
Baker, D.N., 2002. Space science. How to cope with space weather. Science 297, 1486–1487.
A journal article with 2 authors
Gaidos, E.J., Nimmo, F., 2000. Tectonics and water on Europa. Nature 405, 637.
A journal article with 3 authors
Irwin, D.E., Bensch, S., Price, T.D., 2001. Speciation in a ring. Nature 409, 333–337.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Montoya, J.P., Holl, C.M., Zehr, J.P., Hansen, A., Villareal, T.A., Capone, D.G., 2004. High rates of N2 fixation by unicellular diazotrophs in the oligotrophic Pacific Ocean. Nature 430, 1027–1032.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Salles, M., 2015. Decision-Making and the Information System. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Chen, Q., Hameurlain, A., Toumani, F., Wagner, R., Decker, H. (Eds.), 2015. Database and Expert Systems Applications: 26th International Conference, DEXA 2015, Valencia, Spain, September 1-4, 2015, Proceedings, Part I, 1st ed. 2015. ed, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Meyer, D., Bodenheimer, H.C., 2010. Extrahepatic Manifestations of Chronic Hepatitis C Infection, in: Shetty, K., Wu, G.Y. (Eds.), Chronic Viral Hepatitis: Diagnosis and Therapeutics. Humana Press, Totowa, NJ, pp. 135–157.

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
Andrew, E., 2015. Change Is Possible When Sexual Harassment Is Exposed [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, 1996. Guaranty Agency Finances (No. HEHS-96-81R). 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
Bigelow, R.W., 2017. Perception of Online Legal Education among Recently Retired Law School Faculty (Doctoral dissertation). Capella University, Minneapolis, MN.

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
Bilton, N., 2013. All Is Fair in Love and Twitter. New York Times MM22.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Baker, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Baker, 2002; Gaidos and Nimmo, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Gaidos and Nimmo, 2000)
  • Three or more authors: (Montoya et al., 2004)

About the journal

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

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