How to format your references using the Florida Entomologist citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Florida Entomologist. 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
Blandford RD. 2002. Blood out of a stone. Science (New York, N.Y.) 295: 1653–1654.
A journal article with 2 authors
Makova KD, Li W-H. 2002. Strong male-driven evolution of DNA sequences in humans and apes. Nature 416: 624–626.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yoshimura Y, Dantzker JLM, Callaway EM. 2005. Excitatory cortical neurons form fine-scale functional networks. Nature 433: 868–873.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Boyman O, Kovar M, Rubinstein MP, Surh CD, Sprent J. 2006. Selective stimulation of T cell subsets with antibody-cytokine immune complexes. Science (New York, N.Y.) 311: 1924–1927.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Tostmann K-H. 2005. Korrosion. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG.
An edited book
Pop P. 2016. Fault-Tolerant Digital Microfluidic Biochips: Compilation and Synthesis. 1st ed. 2016. Alistar M, Stuart E, Madsen J [eds.]. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Balakrishnan N, Cramer E. 2014. Progressive Type-I Censoring: Basic Properties, pp. 115–124 In Cramer E [ed.], The Art of Progressive Censoring: Applications to Reliability and Quality. Springer, New York, NY.

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 Florida Entomologist.

Blog post
Hamilton K. 2016. How Your Christmas Turkey Arrives Already Stuffed – With Antibiotics. IFLScience. (last 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. 1979. Comments on Report Entitled “The Federal Program To Strengthen Developing Institutions of Higher Education Lacks Direction.” 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
Garbarini L. 2017. Comparison of the Completion Pathways of Four Categories of Doctoral Students from a Midwestern University. Doctoral dissertation. Lindenwood 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
St. John Kelly E. 1997. With Historic Brownstone Gone, Is Development at Hand? New York Times: 1410.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Blandford 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Blandford 2002; Makova & Li 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Makova & Li 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Boyman et al. 2006)

About the journal

Full journal titleFlorida Entomologist
AbbreviationFla. Entomol.
ISSN (print)0015-4040
ISSN (online)1938-5102
ScopeEcology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
Insect Science

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