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
van der Hilst, R. D. (2004). Geophysics. Changing views on Earth’s deep mantle. Science (New York, N.Y.), 306(5697), 817–818.
A journal article with 2 authors
Casasanto, D., & Gordon, P. (2005). Crying “Whorf.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 307(5716), 1721–1722.
A journal article with 3 authors
Normark, S., Nilsson, C., & Normark, B. H. (2005). Microbiology. A pathogen attacks while keeping up defense. Science (New York, N.Y.), 307(5713), 1211–1212.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Lin, C. I., Orlov, I., Ruggiero, A. M., Dykes-Hoberg, M., Lee, A., Jackson, M., & Rothstein, J. D. (2001). Modulation of the neuronal glutamate transporter EAAC1 by the interacting protein GTRAP3-18. Nature, 410(6824), 84–88.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Cleaver, H., Cawson, P., Gorin, S., & Walker, S. (2009). Safeguarding Children. Chichester, West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
An edited book
Goldengorin, B., Kalyagin, V. A., & Pardalos, P. M. (Eds.). (2013). Models, Algorithms, and Technologies for Network Analysis: Proceedings of the First International Conference on Network Analysis (Vol. 32). New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Bhattacharya, P., Ghosh, S. K., & Roy, B. (2015). Vertex Guarding in Weak Visibility Polygons. In S. Ganguly & R. Krishnamurti (Eds.), Algorithms and Discrete Applied Mathematics: First International Conference, CALDAM 2015, Kanpur, India, February 8-10, 2015. Proceedings (pp. 45–57). 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
Andrew, E. (2015, July 24). These Strange Goo Balls Keep Washing Up On U.S. Beaches. 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. (1981). Efforts To Improve School Lunch Programs--Are They Paying Off? (No. CED-81-121). 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
Obeng-Dompreh, S. (2008). The impact of servicemembers’ learning styles and computer anxiety levels on computer -mediated learning (Doctoral dissertation). University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ.

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
Vecsey, G. (2010, September 15). At Home, In Any House. New York Times, p. B13.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (van der Hilst 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Casasanto and Gordon 2005; van der Hilst 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Casasanto and Gordon 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Lin et al. 2001)

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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