How to format your references using the Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries. 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
Albarède F (2008) Rogue mantle helium and neon. Science 319:943–945
A journal article with 2 authors
Liu Z, Herbert TD (2004) High-latitude influence on the eastern equatorial Pacific climate in the early Pleistocene epoch. Nature 427:720–723
A journal article with 3 authors
Bania TM, Rood RT, Balser DS (2002) The cosmological density of baryons from observations of 3He+ in the Milky Way. Nature 415:54–57
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Mimee M, Nadeau P, Hayward A, et al (2018) An ingestible bacterial-electronic system to monitor gastrointestinal health. Science 360:915–918

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hermans J, Lentz B (2013) Equilibria and Kinetics of Biological Macromolecules. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Cinquini L, Minin AD, Varaldo R (eds) (2013) New Business Models and Value Creation: A Service Science Perspective. Springer, Milano
A chapter in an edited book
Li Y, Thomason M, Parker LE (2014) Sequential Anomaly Detection Using Wireless Sensor Networks in Unknown Environment. In: Spagnolo P, Mazzeo PL, Distante C (eds) Human Behavior Understanding in Networked Sensing: Theory and Applications of Networks of Sensors. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 99–123

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 Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries.

Blog post
Andrew E (2013) Researchers have been able to produce the first experimental pulse-generation of a single-particle electron. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 2018


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 (2012) Spectrum Management: Incentives, Opportunities, and Testing Needed to Enhance Spectrum Sharing. 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
Pradhan SH (2017) User Interface Design, Database Connectivity, and Security in Fortified Cards. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Qiu L (2017) Pre-Existing Conditions: There’s Truth-Stretching From Both Sides. New York Times A13

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Albarède 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Liu and Herbert 2004; Albarède 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Liu and Herbert 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Mimee et al. 2018)

About the journal

Full journal titleReviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries
AbbreviationRev. Fish Biol. Fish.
ISSN (print)0960-3166
ISSN (online)1573-5184
ScopeAquatic Science

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