How to format your references using the Biocontrol Science and Technology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Biocontrol Science and Technology. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Bréon, F.-M. (2006). Climate. How do aerosols affect cloudiness and climate? Science (New York, N.Y.), 313(5787), 623–624.
A journal article with 2 authors
Marchiori, D., & Warglien, M. (2008). Predicting human interactive learning by regret-driven neural networks. Science (New York, N.Y.), 319(5866), 1111–1113.
A journal article with 3 authors
Tosi, L., Teatini, P., & Strozzi, T. (2013). Natural versus anthropogenic subsidence of Venice. Scientific Reports, 3, 2710.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Katsuki, H., Chiba, H., Girard, B., Meier, C., & Ohmori, K. (2006). Visualizing picometric quantum ripples of ultrafast wave-packet interference. Science (New York, N.Y.), 311(5767), 1589–1592.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Curry, S. H., & Whelpton, R. (2010). Drug Disposition and Pharmacokinetics. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Yanai, H. (2011). Projection Matrices, Generalized Inverse Matrices, and Singular Value Decomposition (K. Takeuchi & Y. Takane, Eds.). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Mainland, B. J., & Shulman, K. I. (2013). Clock Drawing Test. In A. J. Larner (Ed.), Cognitive Screening Instruments: A Practical Approach (pp. 79–109). Springer.

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 Science and Technology.

Blog post
Luntz, S. (2014, March 24). Exploding Stars Prove Gravity Constant Over The Last 9 Billion Years. IFLScience; IFLScience.


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. (1991). Meeting the Aviation Challenges of the 1990s: Experts Define Key Problems and Identify Emerging Issues (RCED-91-152). U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Park, A. (2009). Borderland beyond: Korean migrants and the creation of a modern state boundary between Korea and Russia, 1860-1937 [Doctoral dissertation]. Columbia 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
Murphy, M. J. O. (2015, December 17). An Early Admirer of ‘Star Wars.’ New York Times, C32.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bréon, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Bréon, 2006; Marchiori & Warglien, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Marchiori & Warglien, 2008)
  • Three authors: (Tosi et al., 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Katsuki et al., 2006)

About the journal

Full journal titleBiocontrol Science and Technology
AbbreviationBiocontrol Sci. Technol.
ISSN (print)0958-3157
ISSN (online)1360-0478
ScopeAgronomy and Crop Science
Insect Science

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