How to format your references using the Arthropod-Plant Interactions citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Arthropod-Plant Interactions. 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
FitzGerald GA (2012) Medicine. Can intellectual property save drug development? Science 338:483–484
A journal article with 2 authors
Neels JG, Olefsky JM (2006) Cell signaling. A new way to burn fat. Science 312:1756–1758
A journal article with 3 authors
Hulme M, O’Neill SJ, Dessai S (2011) Climate change. Is weather event attribution necessary for adaptation funding? Science 334:764–765
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Michaloglou C, Vredeveld LCW, Soengas MS, et al (2005) BRAFE600-associated senescence-like cell cycle arrest of human naevi. Nature 436:720–724

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Imbriale WA (2005) Large Antennas of the Deep Space Network. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Yokota A, Fujii T, Goto K (eds) (2007) Alicyclobacillus: Thermophilic Acidophilic Bacilli. Springer Japan, Tokyo
A chapter in an edited book
Lowes T, Gospel A, Griffiths A, Henning J (2016) Post-intubation Management. In: Gospel A, Griffiths A, Henning J (eds) Pre-Hospital Anesthesia Handbook. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 99–115

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 Arthropod-Plant Interactions.

Blog post
Andrew E (2016) The Things People Ask About The Scientific Consensus On Climate Change. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 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 (1994) College Savings Issues. 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
Mowery K (2015) Beneath the Attack Surface. Doctoral dissertation, University of California San Diego

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
Murphy MJO (2014) Friday File. New York Times C33

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (FitzGerald 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Neels and Olefsky 2006; FitzGerald 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Neels and Olefsky 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Michaloglou et al. 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleArthropod-Plant Interactions
AbbreviationArthropod Plant Interact.
ISSN (print)1872-8855
ISSN (online)1872-8847
ScopeAgronomy and Crop Science
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
Insect Science

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