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
Granovetter M (2003) Social science. Ignorance, knowledge, and outcomes in a small world. Science 301:773–774
A journal article with 2 authors
Luksza M, Lässig M (2014) A predictive fitness model for influenza. Nature 507:57–61
A journal article with 3 authors
Lorsch JR, Collins FS, Lippincott-Schwartz J (2014) Cell Biology. Fixing problems with cell lines. Science 346:1452–1453
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Hughes TP, Kerry JT, Baird AH, et al (2018) Global warming transforms coral reef assemblages. Nature 556:492–496

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kaszeta D (2012) CBRN and Hazmat Incidents at Major Public Events. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Aguilera MK (ed) (2012) Distributed Computing: 26th International Symposium, DISC 2012, Salvador, Brazil, October 16-18, 2012. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Arndt M, Berns K (2012) Mobile Robots in Smart Environments: The Current Situation. In: Levi P, Zweigle O, Häußermann K, Eckstein B (eds) Autonomous Mobile Systems 2012: 22. Fachgespräch Stuttgart, 26. bis 28. September 2012. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 39–47

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 (2016) Cherry Concentrate Can Lower Blood Pressure As Much As Drugs, Our Study Finds. 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 (2008) Traffic Safety: Improved Reporting and Performance Measures Would Enhance Evaluation of High-Visibility Campaigns. 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
Oteng Y (2001) Enquête sur la Pluralité Culturelle: Identité et Marginalisation dans le Roman Francophone Colonial et Postcolonial (Chraïbi, Kane, Kourouma, Boudjedra, Ben Jelloun). Doctoral dissertation, University of Cincinnati

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
Schmidt MS (2017) In a Private Dinner, Trump Demanded Loyalty. Comey Demurred. 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 (Granovetter 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Granovetter 2003; Luksza and Lässig 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Luksza and Lässig 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Hughes 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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