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
Zatorre RJ (2013) Predispositions and plasticity in music and speech learning: neural correlates and implications. Science 342:585–589
A journal article with 2 authors
Wen L, Tang F (2015) Computational biology: How to catch rare cell types. Nature 525:197–198
A journal article with 3 authors
Booth LN, Tuch BB, Johnson AD (2010) Intercalation of a new tier of transcription regulation into an ancient circuit. Nature 468:959–963
A journal article with 5 or more authors
George D, Lehrach W, Kansky K, et al (2017) A generative vision model that trains with high data efficiency and breaks text-based CAPTCHAs. Science 358:

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Remy J-G, Letamendia C (2014) LTE Standards. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Gartner G, Jobst M, Huang H (eds) (2016) Progress in Cartography: EuroCarto 2015. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Stoian R (2012) Optimizing Laser-Induced Refractive Index Changes in Optical Glasses via Spatial and Temporal Adaptive Beam Engineering. In: Osellame R, Cerullo G, Ramponi R (eds) Femtosecond Laser Micromachining: Photonic and Microfluidic Devices in Transparent Materials. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 67–91

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) Two Studies Conclude That Fracking Bad For Health. 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) Highway Contracting: Disadvantaged Business Program Meets Contract Goal, but Refinements Are Needed. 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
Williamson CL (2012) Hispanic female undergraduates perception of nursing as a career choice: A phenomenological study. Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix

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
Greenhouse L (2007) Clues to the New Dynamic on the Supreme Court. New York Times A11

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Zatorre 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Zatorre 2013; Wen and Tang 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Wen and Tang 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (George et al. 2017)

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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