How to format your references using the Ecology and Society citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Ecology and Society. 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
Gingras, M. J. P. 2009. Physics. Observing monopoles in a magnetic analog of ice. Science (New York, N.Y.) 326(5951):375–376.
A journal article with 2 authors
Chen, B., and C. L. Cepko. 2009. HDAC4 regulates neuronal survival in normal and diseased retinas. Science (New York, N.Y.) 323(5911):256–259.
A journal article with 3 authors
Abdenur, R., L. Palmer, and G. Milhollin. 2005. Brazil’s Nuclear Activities. Science (New York, N.Y.) 307(5711):847–851.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Lindell, D., J. D. Jaffe, Z. I. Johnson, G. M. Church, and S. W. Chisholm. 2005. Photosynthesis genes in marine viruses yield proteins during host infection. Nature 438(7064):86–89.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Raut, R., and M. N. S. Swamy. 2010. Modern Analog Filter Analysis and Design. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany.
An edited book
Vilcinskas, A., editor. 2011. Insect Biotechnology. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Demant, C., C. Garnica, and B. Streicher-Abel. 2013. Overview: Segmentation. Pages 83–111 in B. Streicher-Abel and C. Garnica, editors. Industrial Image Processing: Visual Quality Control in Manufacturing. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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 Ecology and Society.

Blog post
Andrew, E. 2014, August 4. Awesome Timelapse Of A Resurrection Plant. 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. 2000. Biotechnology: Information on Prices of Genetically Modified Seeds in the United States and Argentina. 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
Hoover, J. H. 2009. The Arizona water-energy nexus: Electricity for water and wastewater services. Doctoral dissertation, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.

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
Vecsey, G. 2011, July 28. An Underachieving Symbol of the Mets’ Lost Decade. New York Times:B15.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gingras 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Chen and Cepko 2009, Gingras 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Chen and Cepko 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Lindell et al. 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleEcology and Society
AbbreviationConserv. Ecol.
ISSN (print)1195-5449
ScopeNature and Landscape Conservation

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