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
Lewis RS (2007) The molecular choreography of a store-operated calcium channel. Nature 446:284–287
A journal article with 2 authors
Ghazanfar AA, Logothetis NK (2003) Neuroperception: facial expressions linked to monkey calls. Nature 423:937–938
A journal article with 3 authors
Flachsova M, Sindelka R, Kubista M (2013) Single blastomere expression profiling of Xenopus laevis embryos of 8 to 32-cells reveals developmental asymmetry. Sci Rep 3:2278
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Zhou Z, Licklider LJ, Gygi SP, Reed R (2002) Comprehensive proteomic analysis of the human spliceosome. Nature 419:182–185

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Molino Sr. LN (2006) Emergency Incident Management Systems. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Plemenos D, Miaoulis G (eds) (2010) Intelligent Computer Graphics 2010. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Curran JM, Rosen DE (2015) Reconceptualizing Trust: An Evolutionary Process Model. In: Ford JB, Honeycutt ED Jr (eds) Proceedings of the 1998 Academy of Marketing Science (AMS) Annual Conference. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 26–26

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 Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries.

Blog post
Taub B (2016) Sign Language Produces Color Visions In People With Synaesthesia. 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 (1998) Aviation Safety: FAA’s Use of Emergency Orders to Revoke or Suspend Operating Certificates. 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
Mannar NK (2017) Hri-Tech Consultants, LLC. 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
Kamensky J (2017) Red, White, Black and Blue. New York Times BR27

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lewis 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Ghazanfar and Logothetis 2003; Lewis 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Ghazanfar and Logothetis 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Zhou et al. 2002)

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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