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
Reimer, P. J. (2001). Archaeology. A new twist in the radiocarbon tale. Science (New York, N.Y.), 294(5551), 2494–2495.
A journal article with 2 authors
Patel, S., & Cone, R. D. (2015). Neuroscience: a cellular basis for the munchies. Nature, 519(7541), 38–40.
A journal article with 3 authors
Pál, C., Papp, B., & Hurst, L. D. (2003). Genomic function: Rate of evolution and gene dispensability. Nature, 421(6922), 496–497; discussion 497-8.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Blanke, O., Ortigue, S., Landis, T., & Seeck, M. (2002). Stimulating illusory own-body perceptions. Nature, 419(6904), 269–270.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sears, R. W., & Chard, K. M. (2016). Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Fatemi, S. H., & Clayton, P. J. (Eds.). (2008). The Medical Basis of Psychiatry. Humana Press.
A chapter in an edited book
Panasyuk, M. I. (2005). The Ion Radiation Belts: Experiments and Models. In I. A. Daglis (Ed.), Effects of Space Weather on Technology Infrastructure (pp. 65–90). Springer Netherlands.

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
Fang, J. (2014, March 18). First Extraterrestrial Waves Ever Spotted On Titan. 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. (1999). Telecommunications Technology: Federal Funding for Schools and Libraries (HEHS-99-133). 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
Ding, H. (2012). Mode of Action for Hexavalent Chromium Carcinogenicity in Drinking Water [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
Burghardt, L. F. (2006, June 4). Mutiny in the Harbor: One Ship Too Many. New York Times, 14NJ6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Reimer, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Patel & Cone, 2015; Reimer, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Patel & Cone, 2015)
  • Three authors: (Pál et al., 2003)
  • 6 or more authors: (Blanke et al., 2002)

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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