How to format your references using the Physiology & Behavior citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Physiology & Behavior. 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
G.F. Joyce, Structural biology. A glimpse of biology’s first enzyme, Science. 315 (2007) 1507–1508.
A journal article with 2 authors
M. Long, K. Thornton, Gene duplication and evolution, Science. 293 (2001) 1551.
A journal article with 3 authors
A. James, J.W. Pitchford, M.J. Plank, James et al. reply, Nature. 500 (2013) E2-3.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
C. Schwechheimer, G. Serino, J. Callis, W.L. Crosby, S. Lyapina, R.J. Deshaies, W.M. Gray, M. Estelle, X.W. Deng, Interactions of the COP9 signalosome with the E3 ubiquitin ligase SCFTIRI in mediating auxin response, Science. 292 (2001) 1379–1382.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
F.W. Danby, Acne, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2014.
An edited book
F. Zereini, H. Hötzl, eds., Climatic Changes and Water Resources in the Middle East and North Africa, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
R. Shah, D. Eldridge, E. Palombo, I. Harding, Characterization, in: D. Eldridge, E. Palombo, I. Harding (Eds.), Lipid Nanoparticles: Production, Characterization and Stability, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015: pp. 45–74.

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 Physiology & Behavior.

Blog post
T. Hale, The Face Of Scottish King Robert The Bruce Has Been Digitally Reconstructed, IFLScience. (2016).


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, Transportation Infrastructure: A Comparison of Federal and State Highway Laws, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1990.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
G. Batson, Head Start and at -risk students: Perceptions of administrators, practitioners, and parents, Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix, 2008.

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
I. Austen, R. Gladstone, Gunman’s Attack on Parliament Shakes Ottawa, New York Times. (2014) A1.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titlePhysiology & Behavior
AbbreviationPhysiol. Behav.
ISSN (print)0031-9384
ScopeBehavioral Neuroscience
Experimental and Cognitive Psychology

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