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
Kenyon CJ. 2010. The genetics of ageing. Nature 464: 504–512.
A journal article with 2 authors
Chander R, Mervis J. 2001. The bottom line for U.S. life scientists. Science (New York, N.Y.) 294: 395.
A journal article with 3 authors
Leone A, Ferrari PF, Palagi E. 2014. Different yawns, different functions? Testing social hypotheses on spontaneous yawning in Theropithecus gelada. Scientific reports 4: 4010.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Zhang Y, Liu Z, Zhao Y, Wang W, Li J, Xu J. 2014. Mesoscale eddies transport deep-sea sediments. Scientific reports 4: 5937.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Coe JT. 2000. Unlikely Victory: How General Electric Succeeded in the Chemical Industry. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Clover DE. 2013. 11 The Nature of Transformation: Environmental Adult Education. Jayme B de O, Hall BL, Follen S [eds.]. SensePublishers, Rotterdam.
A chapter in an edited book
Weng K. 2011. Approximation Algorithm for the Uniform Bounded Facility Problem, pp. 10–16 In Atallah M, Li X-Y, Zhu B [eds.], Frontiers in Algorithmics and Algorithmic Aspects in Information and Management: Joint International Conference, FAW-AAIM 2011, Jinhua, China, May 28-31, 2011. Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 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 Florida Entomologist.

Blog post
Andrew E. 2013. Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: How a Louisiana Student is Teaming With Top Scientists to Reform Science Education. 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. 1986. DOD Acquisition: Case Study of the Air Force Space Based Space Surveillance System. 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
Lake AD. 2013. Hepatic stress response mechanisms in progressive human nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Doctoral dissertation. University of Arizona

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
(nyt) SK. 2002. World Briefing | Europe: Ukraine: More Blamed In Air Disaster. New York Times: A7.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kenyon 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Chander & Mervis 2001; Kenyon 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Chander & Mervis 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Zhang et al. 2014)

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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