How to format your references using the Archives of Animal Nutrition citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Archives of Animal Nutrition. 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
Bekoff M. 2002. Animal reflections. Nature. 419(6904):255.
A journal article with 2 authors
Liu L, Edwards SV. 2015. Comment on “Statistical binning enables an accurate coalescent-based estimation of the avian tree.” Science. 350(6257):171.
A journal article with 3 authors
Falnes PØ, Johansen RF, Seeberg E. 2002. AlkB-mediated oxidative demethylation reverses DNA damage in Escherichia coli. Nature. 419(6903):178–182.
A journal article with 12 or more authors
Huang R, Shao G-F, Zeng X-M, Wen Y-H. 2014. Diverse melting modes and structural collapse of hollow bimetallic core-shell nanoparticles: a perspective from molecular dynamics simulations. Sci Rep. 4:7051.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Woolley T. 2013. Low Impact Building. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons.
An edited book
Saito T, Yamashita J, Oka Y, Ishiwatari Y, editors. 2011. Advances in Light Water Reactor Technologies. 1st ed. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Tong L, Zhou L, Tang J. 2014. Frequency Setting of Urban Mass Transit Based on Passenger Flow Along the Entire Line. In: Xia H, Zhang Y, editors. The 2nd International Symposium on Rail Transit Comprehensive Development (ISRTCD) Proceedings. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; p. 59–65.

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 of Animal Nutrition.

Blog post
Davis J. 2015. Global Coral Bleaching Event Declared. IFLScience [Internet]. [accessed 2018 Oct 30].


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. 2005. Aviation Fees: Review of Air Carriers’ Year 2000 Passenger and Property Screening Costs. 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
Ready C. 2014. Preventing childhood obesity in foster children: A grant proposal [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
Koblin J. 2017. How Colbert Finally Got Real. New York Times.:B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bekoff 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Bekoff 2002; Liu and Edwards 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Liu and Edwards 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Huang et al. 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleArchives of Animal Nutrition
AbbreviationArch. Anim. Nutr.
ISSN (print)1745-039X
ISSN (online)1477-2817
ScopeAnimal Science and Zoology
General Medicine
General Veterinary

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