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
Crabtree, G. (2015). Perspective: The energy-storage revolution. Nature, 526(7575), S92.
A journal article with 2 authors
Li, H.-B., & Henning, T. (2011). The alignment of molecular cloud magnetic fields with the spiral arms in M33. Nature, 479(7374), 499–501.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bazzini, A. A., Lee, M. T., & Giraldez, A. J. (2012). Ribosome profiling shows that miR-430 reduces translation before causing mRNA decay in zebrafish. Science (New York, N.Y.), 336(6078), 233–237.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Erwin, G. S., Grieshop, M. P., Ali, A., Qi, J., Lawlor, M., Kumar, D., et al. (2017). Synthetic transcription elongation factors license transcription across repressive chromatin. Science (New York, N.Y.), 358(6370), 1617–1622.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Belfiore, L. A. (2003). Transport Phenomena for Chemical Reactor Design. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Meng, L., Reichenbacher, T., & Zipf, A. (Eds.). (2005). Map-based Mobile Services: Theories, Methods and Implementations. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Karchevskii, E., Spiridonov, A., & Beilina, L. (2015). Determination of Permittivity from Propagation Constant Measurements in Optical Fibers. In L. Beilina (Ed.), Inverse Problems and Applications (pp. 55–65). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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
Hamilton, K. (2017, March 17). Pastor Discovers Giant 706-Carat Diamond In Sierra Leone. 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. (2015). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority: Steps Taken to Address Financial Management and Safety Recommendations, but Financial Management Internal Controls Need Strengthening (No. GAO-15-640R). 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
Briseno, A. R. (2015). Improving school performance through family involvement: A grant project (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
Nir, S. M. (2016, April 16). A Gasoline Desert Expands on an Island of Many Cars. New York Times, p. A15.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Crabtree 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Crabtree 2015; Li and Henning 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Li and Henning 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Erwin et al. 2017)

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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