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
Sutherland WJ (2003) Parallel extinction risk and global distribution of languages and species. Nature 423:276–279
A journal article with 2 authors
McGuinness LP, Jelezko F (2015) Quantum mechanics. Look but don’t touch the metals. Science 347:1073–1074
A journal article with 3 authors
Yoo HI, Barsoum MW, El-Raghy T (2000) Ti3SiC2 has negligible thermopower. Nature 407:581–582
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Uchida M, Onose Y, Matsui Y, Tokura Y (2006) Real-space observation of helical spin order. Science 311:359–361

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lutzke D (2012) Surfen in die digitale Zukunft. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany
An edited book
Zilberman D, Otte J, Roland-Holst D, Pfeiffer D (eds) (2012) Health and Animal Agriculture in Developing Countries, 1st edn. Springer, New York, NY
A chapter in an edited book
Jenkins TA, Mendelsohn FAO, Albiston AL, Chai SY (2007) Angiotensin IV Binding Site. In: Carey RM (ed) Hypertension and Hormone Mechanisms. Humana Press, Totowa, NJ, pp 61–74

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 Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries.

Blog post
Hale T (2017) Wild Orangutan Slaps Guy Trying To Take A Selfie With Him. 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 (1990) Competitiveness: The Challenge of the Deficit. 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
Jha JS (2013) [3+2] Cycloaddition Reaction of Gem-Dicyanoepoxide and Electrophilic Reaction of Ethyl Atropate. Doctoral dissertation, Southern Illinois University

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
Kishkovsky S (2003) Moscow Music Festival Marks Russian Easter. New York Times 53

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Sutherland 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Sutherland 2003; McGuinness and Jelezko 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (McGuinness and Jelezko 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Uchida et al. 2006)

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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