How to format your references using the Annals of Applied Biology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Annals of Applied Biology. 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
LeBlanc L.J. (2014) Atomic physics: Polar exploration. Nature, 505, 627–628.
A journal article with 2 authors
Fischer M.G., Suttle C.A. (2011) A virophage at the origin of large DNA transposons. Science (New York, N.Y.), 332, 231–234.
A journal article with 3 authors
Morse S.S., Garwin R.L., Olsiewski P.J. (2006) Public health. Next flu pandemic: what to do until the vaccine arrives? Science (New York, N.Y.), 314, 929.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Conway K.A., Rochet J.C., Bieganski R.M., Lansbury P.T. Jr (2001) Kinetic stabilization of the alpha-synuclein protofibril by a dopamine-alpha-synuclein adduct. Science (New York, N.Y.), 294, 1346–1349.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Köhler M. (2005) Nanotechnologie. Weinheim, FRG: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Verhoeven J.T.A., Beltman B., Bobbink R., Whigham D.F. eds. (2006) Wetlands and Natural Resource Management. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Vig R., Star J.R., Dupuis D.N., Lein A.E., Jitendra A.K. (2015) Exploring the Impact of Knowledge of Multiple Strategies on Students’ Learning About Proportions, In Large-Scale Studies in Mathematics Education, pp. 61–73. Eds J. A. Middleton, J. Cai, and S. Hwang. 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 Annals of Applied Biology.

Blog post
Andrew E. (2014) First weather map created for brown dwarf only 6 light years away. IFLScience. Available at: [Accessed October 30, 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 (1999) Acquisition Reform: NASA’s Internet Service Improves Access to Contracting Information. 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
Mikhailik Y. (2013) Longing Limned. Doctoral dissertation. Long Beach, CA: California State University, Long Beach.

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. (2011) U.S. Coach Doesn’t Play the Superstar Card. New York Times, B15.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (LeBlanc, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (LeBlanc, 2014; Fischer & Suttle, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Fischer & Suttle, 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Conway et al., 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleAnnals of Applied Biology
AbbreviationAnn. Appl. Biol.
ISSN (print)0003-4746
ISSN (online)1744-7348
ScopeAgronomy and Crop Science

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