How to format your references using the Aerobiologia citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Aerobiologia. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Holmes, D. (2015). A disease of growth. Nature, 521(7551), S2-3.
A journal article with 2 authors
Singh, R., & Cresswell, P. (2010). Defective cross-presentation of viral antigens in GILT-free mice. Science (New York, N.Y.), 328(5984), 1394–1398.
A journal article with 3 authors
Pompilio, L., Kacelnik, A., & Behmer, S. T. (2006). State-dependent learned valuation drives choice in an invertebrate. Science (New York, N.Y.), 311(5767), 1613–1615.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Wu, Y., Wang, Y., Li, J., Li, W., Zhang, L., Li, Y., et al. (2014). Development of a general method for detection and quantification of the P35S promoter based on assessment of existing methods. Scientific reports, 4, 7358.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Russell, D. L., & Arlow, P. C. (2015). Industrial Security. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Navab, N., Hornegger, J., Wells, W. M., & Frangi, A. F. (Eds.). (2015). Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention – MICCAI 2015: 18th International Conference, Munich, Germany, October 5-9, 2015, Proceedings, Part III (1st ed. 2015., Vol. 9351). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Kahle, R. (2014). Poincaré in Göttingen. In M. de Paz & R. DiSalle (Eds.), Poincaré, Philosopher of Science: Problems and Perspectives (pp. 83–99). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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 Aerobiologia.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, April 14). Trial Suggests Medical Marijuana Could Offer Hope For Children With Severe Epilepsy. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 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. (1993). School-Linked Human Services: A Comprehensive Strategy for Aiding Students at Risk of School Failure (No. HRD-94-21). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
McGaughey, K. M. (2017). Textural juxtaposition: Representing the natural and the human in Elements (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Hartman, S. (2015, December 6). Keepers of the Spanish Flame. New York Times, p. MB1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Holmes 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Holmes 2015; Singh and Cresswell 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Singh and Cresswell 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Wu et al. 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleAerobiologia
AbbreviationAerobiologia (Bologna)
ISSN (print)0393-5965
ISSN (online)1573-3025
ScopePlant Science
Immunology and Allergy

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