How to format your references using the Ecological Entomology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Ecological Entomology. 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
Triendl, R. (2001) Staffing shortage threatens Japan’s structural genomics. Nature, 410, 724.
A journal article with 2 authors
Temmerman, S. & Kirwan, M.L. (2015) NATURAL HAZARDS. Building land with a rising sea. Science (New York, N.Y.), 349, 588–589.
A journal article with 3 authors
Banerjee, A., Santos, W.L. & Verdine, G.L. (2006) Structure of a DNA glycosylase searching for lesions. Science (New York, N.Y.), 311, 1153–1157.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Sidor, C.A., O’Keefe, F.R., Damiani, R., Steyer, J.S., Smith, R.M.H., Larsson, H.C.E., et al. (2005) Permian tetrapods from the Sahara show climate-controlled endemism in Pangaea. Nature, 434, 886–889.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Calloway, J. (2009) Becoming a Category of One. Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Giannakopoulou, D. & Orejas, F. (Eds.). (2011) Fundamental Approaches to Software Engineering: 14th International Conference, FASE 2011, Held as Part of the Joint European Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software, ETAPS 2011, Saarbrücken, Germany, March 26–April 3, 2011. Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Canetti, R., Dodis, Y., Pass, R. & Walfish, S. (2007) Universally Composable Security with Global Setup. In Theory of Cryptography: 4th Theory of Cryptography Conference, TCC 2007, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, February 21-24, 2007. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (ed. by Vadhan, S.P.). Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 61–85.

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 Ecological Entomology.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015) Prescription Drugs Could Influence Moral Decisions [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL [accessed on 5 July 2015].


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. (1995) Aviation Safety: FAA Can Be More Proactive in Promoting Aviation Safety ( No. T-RCED-95-81). 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
Winton, T.W. (2015) Student and Teacher Perceptions of Standards-based Grading and Student Performance (Doctoral dissertation).

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) Where Stars Are Born and Flops Revealed. New York Times, 14LI8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Triendl, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Triendl, 2001, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Temmerman & Kirwan, 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Sidor et al., 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleEcological Entomology
AbbreviationEcol. Entomol.
ISSN (print)0307-6946
ISSN (online)1365-2311
ScopeInsect Science

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