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.
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
Heimsath, A.M., 2014. Geochemistry. Limits of soil production? Science 343, 617–618.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kiatpongsan, S., Sipp, D., 2009. Medicine. Monitoring and regulating offshore stem cell clinics. Science 323, 1564–1565.
A journal article with 3 authors
Church, G.M., Gao, Y., Kosuri, S., 2012. Next-generation digital information storage in DNA. Science 337, 1628.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Gregory, R.I., Yan, K.-P., Amuthan, G., Chendrimada, T., Doratotaj, B., Cooch, N., Shiekhattar, R., 2004. The Microprocessor complex mediates the genesis of microRNAs. Nature 432, 235–240.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Schwarz, D.R., 2014. Reading the European Novel to 1900. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Baldoni, W.M., 2006. Aritmetica, crittografia e codici. Springer, Milano.
A chapter in an edited book
Yanovsky, V., Rumble, S.M., Brudno, M., 2008. Read Mapping Algorithms for Single Molecule Sequencing Data, in: Crandall, K.A., Lagergren, J. (Eds.), Algorithms in Bioinformatics: 8th International Workshop, WABI 2008, Karlsruhe, Germany, September 15-19, 2008. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 38–49.

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
Hale, T., 2016. Miners Unearth Massive Jade Stone Worth $170 million [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, 2010. Aviation Safety: Certification and Approval Processes Are Generally Viewed as Working Well, but Better Evaluative Information Needed to Improve Efficiency (No. GAO-11-14). 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
Best, M.L., 2013. Assistant Principals and Reform: A Socialization Paradox? (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
Park, L.S., 2015. Look on the Bright Side. New York Times BR18.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wadman, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Clarke, 2005; Ruse, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Kiatpongsan and Sipp, 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Ng et al., 2005)

About the journal

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

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