How to format your references using the Animal Reproduction Science citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Animal Reproduction Science. 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
Levasseur-Regourd, A.-C., 2004. Cometary dust unveiled. Science 304, 1762–1763.
A journal article with 2 authors
Villaume, M.T., Baran, P.S., 2014. Organic chemistry: Reactivity tamed one bond at a time. Nature 513, 324–325.
A journal article with 3 authors
Willbold, M., Elliott, T., Moorbath, S., 2011. The tungsten isotopic composition of the Earth’s mantle before the terminal bombardment. Nature 477, 195–198.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Liberman, M.C., Gao, J., He, D.Z.Z., Wu, X., Jia, S., Zuo, J., 2002. Prestin is required for electromotility of the outer hair cell and for the cochlear amplifier. Nature 419, 300–304.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Heitz, E., Kreysa, G., 2005. Grundlagen der Technischen Elektrochemie. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG.
An edited book
Singh, R.B., Hietala, R. (Eds.), 2014. Livelihood Security in Northwestern Himalaya: Case Studies from Changing Socio-economic Environments in Himachal Pradesh, India, Advances in Geographical and Environmental Sciences. Springer Japan, Tokyo.
A chapter in an edited book
Walter, C.D., 2011. Fast Scalar Multiplication for ECC over GF(p) Using Division Chains, in: Chung, Y., Yung, M. (Eds.), Information Security Applications: 11th International Workshop, WISA 2010, Jeju Island, Korea, August 24-26, 2010, Revised Selected Papers, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 61–75.

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 Animal Reproduction Science.

Blog post
Fang, J., 2015. How Do Chameleons Change The Color Of Their Skin? [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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. Student Achievement Standards and Testing (No. T-PEMD-93-1). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Nannapaneni, D., 2015. Factors associated with HPV acceptability among parents (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
Bishop, G., Pilon, M., 2012. A Community Recalls a Star Who Never Left. New York Times B10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Levasseur-Regourd, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Levasseur-Regourd, 2004; Villaume and Baran, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Villaume and Baran, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Liberman et al., 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleAnimal Reproduction Science
AbbreviationAnim. Reprod. Sci.
ISSN (print)0378-4320
ScopeAnimal Science and Zoology
General Medicine
Food Animals

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