How to format your references using the Archives Animal Breeding citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Archives Animal Breeding. 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
Check Hayden, E.: The automated lab, Nature, 516, 131–132, 2014.
A journal article with 2 authors
Basler, M. and Mekalanos, J. J.: Type 6 secretion dynamics within and between bacterial cells, Science, 337, 815, 2012.
A journal article with 3 authors
Broza, Y. Y., Zuri, L., and Haick, H.: Combined volatolomics for monitoring of human body chemistry, Sci. Rep., 4, 4611, 2014.
A journal article with 100 or more authors
Sada, A., Suzuki, A., Suzuki, H., and Saga, Y.: The RNA-binding protein NANOS2 is required to maintain murine spermatogonial stem cells, Science, 325, 1394–1398, 2009.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hu, J. C.: Asset Securitization, John Wiley & Sons (Asia) Pte. Ltd., 2 Clementi Loop, #02-01, Singapore 129809, 2011.
An edited book
Grimm, B., Porra, R. J., Rüdiger, W., and Scheer, H. (Eds.): Chlorophylls and Bacteriochlorophylls: Biochemistry, Biophysics, Functions and Applications, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, XXX, 603 p. 8 illus. in color pp., 2006.
A chapter in an edited book
Rhodes, B. and Goerzen, J.: Socket Names and DNS, in: Foundations of Python Network Programming: Third Edition, edited by: Goerzen, J., Apress, Berkeley, CA, 57–74, 2014.

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 Archives Animal Breeding.

Blog post
New Evidence Claims To Support Alternative Theory Of Gravity:, last access: 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: Payments in Lieu of Taxes for Federal Property, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1981.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Kotamreddy, A.: Design and Simulation of 16 Psk Super Regenerative Receiver, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 2017.

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
Poniewozik, J.: When There’s Nothing Like a Good Cry, New York Times, 19th September, C1, 2016.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Check Hayden, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Check Hayden, 2014; Basler and Mekalanos, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Basler and Mekalanos, 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Sada et al., 2009)

About the journal

Full journal titleArchives Animal Breeding
ISSN (print)0003-9438
ISSN (online)2363-9822

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