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
Colliex C. 2015. Applied physics. Taking temperature at the nanoscale. Science (New York, N.Y.) 347: 611–612.
A journal article with 2 authors
Forte AM, Mitrovica JX. 2001. Deep-mantle high-viscosity flow and thermochemical structure inferred from seismic and geodynamic data. Nature 410: 1049–1056.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lappe M, Awater H, Krekelberg B. 2000. Postsaccadic visual references generate presaccadic compression of space. Nature 403: 892–895.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Cruz-Monserrate Z, Roland CL, Deng D, Arumugam T, Moshnikova A, Andreev OA, Reshetnyak YK, Logsdon CD. 2014. Targeting pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma acidic microenvironment. Scientific reports 4: 4410.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Saksena FB. 2015. Patient Studies in Valvular, Congenital, and Rarer Forms of Cardiovascular Disease. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Lodwick WA, Kacprzyk J eds. 2010. 254 Fuzzy Optimization: Recent Advances and Applications. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
May N, Weber I. 2008. Information Gathering for Semantic Service Discovery and Composition in Business Process Modeling, pp. 46–60 In Dietz JLG, Albani A, Barjis J [eds.], Advances in Enterprise Engineering I: 4th International Workshop CIAO! and 4th International Workshop EOMAS, held at CAiSE 2008, Montpellier, France, June 16-17, 2008. Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing. 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. 2015. What Makes Our Brains Unique? 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. 1999. District of Columbia Public Schools: Audit Confirms Reasonableness of Enrollment Count, but Report’s Presentation Is Unclear. 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
Kingston SE. 2012. Genome-wide analysis of divergence and introgression in towhee hybrid zones. Doctoral dissertation. University of Maryland, College Park

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 Business Briefing | Europe: Russia: Smart Thieves Fail To Outwit Police. New York Times: A12.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Colliex 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Forte & Mitrovica 2001; Colliex 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Forte & Mitrovica 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Cruz-Monserrate 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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