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
Launius RD (2012) Neil Armstrong (1930-2012). Nature 489:368
A journal article with 2 authors
Nechiporuk A, Raible DW (2008) FGF-dependent mechanosensory organ patterning in zebrafish. Science 320:1774–1777
A journal article with 3 authors
Melis AP, Hare B, Tomasello M (2006) Chimpanzees recruit the best collaborators. Science 311:1297–1300
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Mukherjee S, Joarder B, Manna B, et al (2014) Framework-flexibility driven selective sorption of p-xylene over other isomers by a dynamic metal-organic framework. Sci Rep 4:5761

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
DiBattista M (2010) Novel Characters. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK
An edited book
Hermann M, Voronkov A (eds) (2006) Logic for Programming, Artificial Intelligence, and Reasoning: 13th International Conference, LPAR 2006, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, November 13-17, 2006. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Blume H-P, Beyer L, Pfisterer U, Felix-Henningsen P (2008) Soil Characteristicsand Pattern of the Nizzana Research Site. In: Breckle S-W, Yair A, Veste M (eds) Arid Dune Ecosystems: The Nizzana Sands in the Negev Desert. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 65–77

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
Fang J (2015) Triceratops Teeth Become Plant-Slicing Knives as They Strategically Wear Down With Use. 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 (2005) Information Technology: HHS Has Several Investment Management Capabilities in Place, but Needs to Address Key Weaknesses. 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
Ahlert D (2015) Application of Graph Theoretic Clustering on Some Biomedical Data Sets. Doctoral dissertation, Southern Illinois 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
Wogan J (2016) Beds and a Banana. New York Times M236

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Launius 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Nechiporuk and Raible 2008; Launius 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Nechiporuk and Raible 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Mukherjee et al. 2014)

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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