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
Ostrom, E., 2009. A general framework for analyzing sustainability of social-ecological systems. Science 325, 419–422.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bernstein, A., Rossant, J., 2013. Anthony James Pawson (1952-2013). Nature 501, 168.
A journal article with 3 authors
Jia, S., Noma, K.-I., Grewal, S.I.S., 2004. RNAi-independent heterochromatin nucleation by the stress-activated ATF/CREB family proteins. Science 304, 1971–1976.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Babic, A., Lindner, A.B., Vulic, M., Stewart, E.J., Radman, M., 2008. Direct visualization of horizontal gene transfer. Science 319, 1533–1536.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Benslama, M., Batatia, H., Messai, A., 2016. Transitions from Digital Communications to Quantum Communications. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Margottini, C., Canuti, P., Sassa, K. (Eds.), 2013. Landslide Science and Practice: Volume 2: Early Warning, Instrumentation and Monitoring. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Kawano, T., Iwama, N., Ishihata, H., Shimauchi, H., Shimomura, M., 2012. Preparation and Biomedical Application of Self-Organized Honeycomb-Patterned Polymer Films, in: Sasaki, K., Suzuki, O., Takahashi, N. (Eds.), Interface Oral Health Science 2011. Springer Japan, Tokyo, pp. 22–26.

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
Andrews, R., 2017. California Just Signed A New Climate Change Agreement With China [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, 1980. Spending Grant Funds More Efficiently Could Save Millions (No. PSAD-80-58). 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
Estrada, M.I., 2012. A community risk assessment of the 90806 zip code (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
(nyt), S.K., 2004. World Briefing | Europe: Russia: Put On A Happy Face. New York Times A14.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ostrom, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Bernstein and Rossant, 2013; Ostrom, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Bernstein and Rossant, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Babic 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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