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
Graves JAM (2005) Genomics. Recycling the Y chromosome. Science 307:50–51
A journal article with 2 authors
Lukacs-Kornek V, Turley SJ (2008) Immunology. Chaperone puts the brakes on. Science 322:1640–1641
A journal article with 3 authors
Hsu M, Anen C, Quartz SR (2008) The right and the good: distributive justice and neural encoding of equity and efficiency. Science 320:1092–1095
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Salih A, Larkum A, Cox G, et al (2000) Fluorescent pigments in corals are photoprotective. Nature 408:850–853

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
German Concrete and Construction Cl (2011) Beispiele zur Bemessung Nach Eurocode 2. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH, D-69451 Weinheim, Germany
An edited book
Joardder MUH (2016) Porosity: Establishing the Relationship between Drying Parameters and Dried Food Quality, 1st ed. 2016. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Gupta G, Bansal A, Min R, et al (2007) Coinductive Logic Programming and Its Applications. In: Dahl V, Niemelä I (eds) Logic Programming: 23rd International Conference, ICLP 2007, Porto, Portugal, September 8-13, 2007. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 27–44

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
Hale T (2017) Japanese Mission To Clean Up Space Junk Ends In Total Failure. 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 (2007) Older Driver Safety: Knowledge Sharing Should Help States Prepare for Increase in Older Driver Population. 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
Paoletti MS (2010) Experimental characterization of turbulent superfluid helium. Doctoral dissertation, University of Maryland, College Park

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
Flegenheimer M (2015) Piecing Through ‘Utter Chaos’ After Train Crash. New York Times A1

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Graves 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Graves 2005; Lukacs-Kornek and Turley 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Lukacs-Kornek and Turley 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Salih et al. 2000)

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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