How to format your references using the Aquaculture Reports citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Aquaculture Reports. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Baselga, J., 2006. Targeting tyrosine kinases in cancer: the second wave. Science 312, 1175–1178.
A journal article with 2 authors
Boles, M.A., Talapin, D.V., 2014. Chemistry. Connecting the dots. Science 344, 1340–1341.
A journal article with 3 authors
Pohl, M.E.D., Pope, K.O., von Nagy, C., 2002. Olmec origins of Mesoamerican writing. Science 298, 1984–1987.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Chen, J., Li, X., Cheng, C., Wang, Y., Qin, M., Zhu, H., Zeng, R., Fu, X., Liu, Z., Zhang, G., 2014. Characterization of epistatic interaction of QTLs LH8 and EH3 controlling heading date in rice. Sci. Rep. 4, 4263.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rémond, Y., Ahzi, S., Baniassadi, M., Garmestani, H., 2016. Applied RVE Reconstruction and Homogenization of Heterogeneous Materials. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Gellert, U., Giménez Rodríguez, J., Hahn, C., Kafoussi, S. (Eds.), 2015. Educational Paths to Mathematics: A C.I.E.A.E.M. Sourcebook, Advances in Mathematics Education. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Farnet, C.M., Zazopoulos, E., 2005. Improving Drug Discovery From Microorganisms, in: Zhang, L., Demain, A.L. (Eds.), Natural Products: Drug Discovery and Therapeutic Medicine. Humana Press, Totowa, NJ, pp. 95–106.

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 Aquaculture Reports.

Blog post
Andrew, D., 2016. How Your Brain Retrieves A Memory When You Sense Something Familiar [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, 2009. Public Transportation: FTA’s Triennial Review Program Has Improved, But Assessments of Grantees’ Performance Could Be Enhanced (No. GAO-09-603). 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
Singh, A., 2017. Improving the Usability of Typometric Solutions (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
Billard, M., 2010. Ride Home With It. New York Times E5.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Baselga, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Baselga, 2006; Boles and Talapin, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Boles and Talapin, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Chen et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleAquaculture Reports
ISSN (print)2352-5134

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