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
Goldstein, R. H. (2001). Paleoenvironment. Clues from fluid inclusions. Science (New York, N.Y.), 294(5544), 1009–1011.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sheu, Y.-J., & Stillman, B. (2010). The Dbf4-Cdc7 kinase promotes S phase by alleviating an inhibitory activity in Mcm4. Nature, 463(7277), 113–117.
A journal article with 3 authors
He, D. Z. Z., Jia, S., & Dallos, P. (2004). Mechanoelectrical transduction of adult outer hair cells studied in a gerbil hemicochlea. Nature, 429(6993), 766–770.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Cui, B., Song, C., Wang, G. Y., Mao, H. J., Zeng, F., & Pan, F. (2013). Strain engineering induced interfacial self-assembly and intrinsic exchange bias in a manganite perovskite film. Scientific reports, 3, 2542.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Stokes, D. J. (2008). Principles and Practice of Variable Pressure/Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy (VP-ESEM). Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Gutkin, B., & Ahmed, S. H. (Eds.). (2012). Computational Neuroscience of Drug Addiction (1st ed., Vol. 10). New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Matsunami, H., Kubosumi, A., & Matsumoto, K. (2016). Human Behavior Observation for Service Science. In S. K. Kwan, J. C. Spohrer, & Y. Sawatani (Eds.), Global Perspectives on Service Science: Japan (pp. 49–59). New York, NY: Springer.

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
Davis, J. (2017, May 15). Glacier National Park Will Soon Have No Glaciers. 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. (2001). Critical Infrastructure Protection: Significant Challenges in Protecting Federal Systems and Developing Analysis and Warning Capabilities (No. GAO-01-1132T). 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
Stevenson, C. L. (2008). Availability and seasonal use of diurnal roosts by Rafinesque’s big-eared bat and southeastern myotis in bottomland hardwoods of Mississippi (Doctoral dissertation). Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS.

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
Rothenberg, B. (2017, January 13). Federer Is Seeded 17th but Gets a Friendly Draw. New York Times, p. B11.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Goldstein 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Goldstein 2001; Sheu and Stillman 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Sheu and Stillman 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Cui et al. 2013)

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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