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BIO203H5 - Introductory Plant Morphology and Physiology

Journal of Experimental Biology Citation Style

Finding Journal Abbreviations


Rivera, A.R. V., Wyneken, J. and Blogb, R.W. (2011).  Forelimb kinematics and motor patterns of swimming loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta): are motor patterns conserved in the evolution of new locomotor strategies? J. Exp. Biol. 214, 3314-3323.

Journal of Experimental Biology manuscript preparation and citation samples

The components of the citations are:

  • Author list:  the authors of the article are listed in the order that they appear in the published paper.  The author's last name is given first, followed by their initials.  Different authors are separated by a comma.
  • Publication year:  The year the journal was published is placed in parentheses.
  • Article title:  The full title of the article is reported.  The title resembles a sentence and therefore only the first word and proper names should be capitalized.  If a scientific name is given capitalize the genus, not the species, and italicize both the genus and species epitaph. There is a period at the end of the article title.
  • Journal name:  The journal title is given, using standardized abbreviations for the journal.  Standard abbreviations can be found at: or at
  • Journal volume:  Like magazines, journals come out several times a year and many journals count all the material published in a single year as a single volume, split into many issues.  Others publish several volumes in a year.  You want to report the volume number not the issue.  The volume number often comes first on a publication and tends to be higher than the issue number.
  • Page numbers: The first and last pages of the article are reported, separated by a dash.  There is no period at the end of the page number.