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
Smaglik, P.: Balancing the books, Nature, 428(6984), 781, 2004.
A journal article with 2 authors
Jucker, M. and Walker, L. C.: Self-propagation of pathogenic protein aggregates in neurodegenerative diseases, Nature, 501(7465), 45–51, 2013.
A journal article with 3 authors
Adams, E. J., Chien, Y.-H. and Garcia, K. C.: Structure of a gammadelta T cell receptor in complex with the nonclassical MHC T22, Science, 308(5719), 227–231, 2005.
A journal article with 100 or more authors
Currie, C. R., Poulsen, M., Mendenhall, J., Boomsma, J. J. and Billen, J.: Coevolved crypts and exocrine glands support mutualistic bacteria in fungus-growing ants, Science, 311(5757), 81–83, 2006.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Uribe, S.: Frontier Road, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK., 2017.
An edited book
Massart, P.: Concentration Inequalities and Model Selection: Ecole d’Eté de Probabilités de Saint-Flour XXXIII - 2003, edited by J. Picard, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg., 2007.
A chapter in an edited book
Yalçındağ, S., Matta, A., Şahin, E. and Shanthikumar, J. G.: A Two-Stage Approach for Solving Assignment and Routing Problems in Home Health Care Services, in Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Care Systems Engineering, edited by A. Matta, J. Li, E. Sahin, E. Lanzarone, and J. Fowler, pp. 47–59, Springer International Publishing, Cham., 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
Luntz, S.: CT Scans Reveal Preserved Body Inside Ancient Buddhist Statue, IFLScience [online] Available from: (Accessed 30 October 2018), 2015.


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: Information Technology: Assessment of the Commerce Department’s Report on Worker Demand and Supply, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC., 1998.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Ahmed, S.: Human fatigue in prolonged mentally demanding work-tasks: An observational study in the field, Doctoral dissertation, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS., 2013.

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
Sisario, B.: Beyoncé and Radiohead to Headline Coachella, New York Times, 3rd January, C3, 2017.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Smaglik, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Jucker and Walker, 2013; Smaglik, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Jucker and Walker, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Currie et al., 2006)

About the journal

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

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