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
Lake, J.A., 2007. Disappearing act. Nature 446, 983.
A journal article with 2 authors
Salazar-Ciudad, I., Jernvall, J., 2010. A computational model of teeth and the developmental origins of morphological variation. Nature 464, 583–586.
A journal article with 3 authors
Groisman, A., Enzelberger, M., Quake, S.R., 2003. Microfluidic memory and control devices. Science 300, 955–958.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Caixeta, F.V., Cornélio, A.M., Scheffer-Teixeira, R., Ribeiro, S., Tort, A.B.L., 2013. Ketamine alters oscillatory coupling in the hippocampus. Sci. Rep. 3, 2348.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bradley, D., 2015. Managing Minor Musculoskeletal Injuries and Conditions. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Yamanouchi, K., 2008. Progress in Ultrafast Intense Laser Science III, Springer Series in Chemical Physics. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Yan, J., Zhang, W., 2007. Virtual Registers: Reducing Register Pressure Without Enlarging the Register File, in: Bosschere, K.D., Kaeli, D., Stenström, P., Whalley, D., Ungerer, T. (Eds.), High Performance Embedded Architectures and Compilers: Second International Conference, HiPEAC 2007, Ghent, Belgium, January 28-30, 2007. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 57–70.

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. Stunning, Crystal-Clear Images Of Pluto – But What Do They Mean? [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, 1994. Advance Sheets: Volume 73, Decisions of the Comptroller General of the United States (No. OGC-94-31). 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
Leak, S.C., 2010. Building community capacity to meet the needs of our aging society: Interdisciplinary competency development for professionals (Doctoral dissertation). University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.

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
Baker, L., 2005. Spurring Urban Growth in Vancouver, One Family at a Time. New York Times 1111.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lake, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Lake, 2007; Salazar-Ciudad and Jernvall, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Salazar-Ciudad and Jernvall, 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Caixeta et al., 2013)

About the journal

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

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