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
Palmer R (2011) Drugs: Lines of defence. Nature 480:S9-10
A journal article with 2 authors
Leeman DS, Brunet A (2014) Stem cells: Sex specificity in the blood. Nature 505:488–490
A journal article with 3 authors
Zákány J, Kmita M, Duboule D (2004) A dual role for Hox genes in limb anterior-posterior asymmetry. Science 304:1669–1672
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Groth A, Corpet A, Cook AJL, et al (2007) Regulation of replication fork progression through histone supply and demand. Science 318:1928–1931

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Mix PE (2004) Introduction to Nondestructive Testing. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Chao H-K, Chen S-T, Millstein RL (eds) (2013) Mechanism and Causality in Biology and Economics. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
A chapter in an edited book
Wang J, Yin X, Zheng L (2012) SNR and Carrier Phase Estimation of BPSK Signal. In: Wu Y (ed) Advances in Computer, Communication, Control and Automation. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 31–36

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
Luntz S (2015) New Methane-Processing Microbes Hint At Common Metabolizing Ancestor. 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 (1996) IRS Operations: Significant Challenges in Financial Management and Systems Modernization. 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
Augeri JE (2015) Supportive Services for Homeless Veteran Women: Policy Implementation and Discretionary Practices of Those at the Front-Lines of Public Service. Doctoral dissertation, George Washington 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
Williams J (2017) Boom Time in Nollywood. New York Times BR4

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Palmer 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Palmer 2011; Leeman and Brunet 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Leeman and Brunet 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Groth et al. 2007)

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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