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
Finlay BB (2001) Microbiology. Cracking Listeria’s password. Science 292:1665–1667
A journal article with 2 authors
Gentner TQ, Margoliash D (2003) Neuronal populations and single cells representing learned auditory objects. Nature 424:669–674
A journal article with 3 authors
Marty B, Dewonck S, France-Lanord C (2003) Geochemical evidence for efficient aquifer isolation over geological timeframes. Nature 425:55–58
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Liu B, Hu X, Xu H, et al (2014) Encapsulation of MnO nanocrystals in electrospun carbon nanofibers as high-performance anode materials for lithium-ion batteries. Sci Rep 4:4229

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Good PI (2005) Introduction to Statistics through Resampling Methods and R/S-Plus®. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Churchill D, Lu J, Chiu TKF, Fox B (eds) (2016) Mobile Learning Design: Theories and Application. Springer, Singapore
A chapter in an edited book
Pratt MW, Norris JE, Lawford H, Arnold ML (2010) What He Said to Me Stuck: Adolescents’ Narratives of Grandparents and Their Identity Development in Emerging Adulthood. In: McLean KC, Pasupathi M (eds) Narrative Development in Adolescence: Creating the Storied Self. Springer US, Boston, MA, pp 93–112

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
O`Callaghan J (2016) Asteroid Mining Company Reveals New Mission To Land On An Asteroid By 2020. 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 (1999) U.S. Airports: Selected Airports’ Views on Federal Requirements. 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
Meza J (2013) A community outreach program for Latino immigrant families: Increasing service utilization. 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
Steven Lee Myers;, Joyce H. Man contributed reporting for this article (2005) Emphasizing Creativity, Not Collectivity. New York Times B7

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Finlay 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Finlay 2001; Gentner and Margoliash 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Gentner and Margoliash 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Liu et al. 2014)

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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