How to format your references using the BioControl citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for BioControl. 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
Mardis ER (2011) A decade’s perspective on DNA sequencing technology. Nature 470:198–203
A journal article with 2 authors
Rella SF, Uchida M (2014) A Southern Ocean trigger for Northwest Pacific ventilation during the Holocene? Sci Rep 4:4046
A journal article with 3 authors
Titus SL, Wells JA, Rhoades LJ (2008) Repairing research integrity. Nature 453:980–982
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Miao D, Margolis CA, Gao W, et al (2018) Genomic correlates of response to immune checkpoint therapies in clear cell renal cell carcinoma. Science 359:801–806

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Jacobsson M, Niemegeers I, Heemstra de Groot S (2010) Personal Networks. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Rimondini M (ed) (2011) Communication in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Springer, New York, NY
A chapter in an edited book
Rais-Bahrami S, Gilbert BR (2015) Penile Ultrasound. In: Gilbert BR (ed) Ultrasound of the Male Genitalia. Springer, New York, NY, pp 125–155

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 BioControl.

Blog post
Andrew E (2015) Stranded Astronauts Will Return To Earth After Month-Long Delay. 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 (2009) NASA: Projects Need More Disciplined Oversight and Management to Address Key Challenges. 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
Besson PS (2015) Affective Organizational Commitment: A Comparative View of the Experience of 5-7 Year Managerial Employees Who Participated in an Employee Identity Network. 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
Wines M, Bosman J (2017) A ‘Passionate’ Seeker of Voter Fraud in Kansas Gets a National Soapbox. New York Times A12

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Mardis 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Mardis 2011; Rella and Uchida 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Rella and Uchida 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Miao et al. 2018)

About the journal

Full journal titleBioControl
AbbreviationBiocontrol (Dordrecht)
ISSN (print)1386-6141
ISSN (online)1573-8248
ScopeAgronomy and Crop Science
Insect Science

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