How to format your references using the Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology. 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
Juergens, N., 2013. The biological underpinnings of Namib Desert fairy circles. Science 339, 1618–1621.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lehner, N., Howk, J.C., 2011. A reservoir of ionized gas in the galactic halo to sustain star formation in the Milky Way. Science 334, 955–958.
A journal article with 3 authors
Furman, J.L., Murray, F., Stern, S., 2010. More for the research dollar. Nature 468, 757–758.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Song, Q., Gu, Z., Liu, S., Xiao, S., 2014. Coherent destruction of tunneling in chaotic microcavities via three-state anti-crossings. Sci. Rep. 4, 4858.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lombard, M., 2009. SolidWorks® Administration Bible. Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, IN, USA.
An edited book
Acharjya, D.P., Dehuri, S., Sanyal, S. (Eds.), 2015. Computational Intelligence for Big Data Analysis: Frontier Advances and Applications, Adaptation, Learning, and Optimization. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Acar, U., Bayer, A., 2016. Current Concepts and Management of Severely Traumatized Tissues in the Inner Coatings (the Anterior Segment: Anterior Chamber Structures, the Iris, and the Lens) of the Globe: Non-mechanical Injuries, in: Sobacı, G. (Ed.), Current Concepts and Management of Eye Injuries. Springer, London, pp. 65–73.

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 Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology.

Blog post
Andrew, D., 2015. Can You Trust Your Ears? [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, 1987. NASA ADP Systems: Information on the Automated Mission and Payload Tracking System (No. IMTEC-87-38FS). 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
Tablason, J.M., 2014. Recollecting (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
Brantley, B., 2015. A Madcap Princess Who Is Making Her Own Bed. New York Times C1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Juergens, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Juergens, 2013; Lehner and Howk, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Lehner and Howk, 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Song et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleRespiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
AbbreviationRespir. Physiol. Neurobiol.
ISSN (print)1569-9048
Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
General Neuroscience

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