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
Logothetis NK (2010) Bold claims for optogenetics. Nature 468:E3-4; discussion E4-5
A journal article with 2 authors
Bland-Hawthorn J, Peebles PJE (2006) Astronomy. Near-field cosmology. Science 313:311–312
A journal article with 3 authors
Sobolev AV, Hofmann AW, Nikogosian IK (2000) Recycled oceanic crust observed in “ghost plagioclase” within the source of Mauna Loa lavas. Nature 404:986–990
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Yu H, Zhang H, Wang Y, et al (2013) Optical orbital angular momentum conservation during the transfer process from plasmonic vortex lens to light. Sci Rep 3:3191

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Woolson RF, Clarke WR (2002) Statistical Methods for the Analysis of Biomedical Data: Woolson/Statistical. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Lukowicz P, Thiele L, Tröster G (eds) (2007) Architecture of Computing Systems - ARCS 2007: 20th International Conference, Zurich, Switzerland, March 12-15, 2007. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Wefel S, Molitor P (2009) Client Hardware-Token Based Single Sign-On over Several Servers without Trusted Online Third Party Server. In: Park JH, Zhan J, Lee C, et al. (eds) Advances in Information Security and Its Application: Third International Conference, ISA 2009, Seoul, Korea, June 25-27, 2009. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 29–36

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
Carpineti A (2015) Mysterious Substances Observed In Europa’s Cracks. 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 (2006) Survey on State Wireless E911 Funds, an E-supplement to GAO-06-338. 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
Yalof B (2012) Marshaling Resources: A Classic Grounded Theory Study of Online Learners. Doctoral dissertation, Northcentral University

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
Steven Lee Myers;, Joyce H. Man contributed reporting for this article (2005) Emphasizing Creativity, Not Collectivity. New York Times B7

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Logothetis 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Bland-Hawthorn and Peebles 2006; Logothetis 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Bland-Hawthorn and Peebles 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Yu et al. 2013)

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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