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
Lawler, A. (2000). LIVING WITH A STAR: Controversy Flares Up Over NASA Solar Project. Science (New York, N.Y.), 289(5479), 528–530.
A journal article with 2 authors
Keeling, P. J., & Palmer, J. D. (2000). Parabasalian flagellates are ancient eukaryotes. Nature, 405(6787), 635–637.
A journal article with 3 authors
Khalil, A. M., Cambier, J. C., & Shlomchik, M. J. (2012). B cell receptor signal transduction in the GC is short-circuited by high phosphatase activity. Science (New York, N.Y.), 336(6085), 1178–1181.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Söllner, C., Rauch, G.-J., Siemens, J., Geisler, R., Schuster, S. C., Müller, U., et al. (2004). Mutations in cadherin 23 affect tip links in zebrafish sensory hair cells. Nature, 428(6986), 955–959.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lyatkher, V. M., & Proudovsky, A. M. (2016). Hydraulic Modeling. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Bobenko, A. I., Sullivan, J. M., Schröder, P., & Ziegler, G. M. (Eds.). (2008). Discrete Differential Geometry (Vol. 38). Basel: Birkhäuser.
A chapter in an edited book
Castro, F. A., Silva Santos, C. M. P., & Palma, J. M. L. M. (2008). Parallelisation of the CFD Code of a CFD-NWP Coupled System for the Simulation of Atmospheric Flows over Complex Terrain. In J. M. L. M. Palma, P. R. Amestoy, M. Daydé, M. Mattoso, & J. C. Lopes (Eds.), High Performance Computing for Computational Science - VECPAR 2008: 8th International Conference, Toulouse, France, June 24-27, 2008. Revised Selected Papers (pp. 27–38). Berlin, Heidelberg: 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, March 16). New Zealand River Is Given Same Legal Rights As Humans. 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. (2016). Commercial Space Launch Insurance: Views Differ on Need for Change to Insurance Approach but Clarification Is Needed (No. GAO-17-88). 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
Zhou, Y. (2010). Resource Management in Wireless Networks: Queue Management and Scheduling in Mesh Networks and Multi-Access Control in Internetworking Systems (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
McKINLEY, J. C., Jr. (2017, October 5). After Scrutiny, Vance Returned $32,000 to Trump Lawyer. New York Times, p. A20.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lawler 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Keeling and Palmer 2000; Lawler 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Keeling and Palmer 2000)
  • Three or more authors: (Söllner et al. 2004)

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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