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
Etzioni O. 2011. Search needs a shake-up. Nature 476: 25–26.
A journal article with 2 authors
Brunauer R, Kennedy BK. 2015. Medicine. Progeria accelerates adult stem cell aging. Science (New York, N.Y.) 348: 1093–1094.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lillo F, Farmer JD, Mantegna RN. 2003. Econophysics: Master curve for price-impact function. Nature 421: 129–130.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Ahmed MF, Ahuja S, Alauddin M, Hug SJ, Lloyd JR, Pfaff A, Pichler T, Saltikov C, Stute M, van Geen A. 2006. Epidemiology. Ensuring safe drinking water in Bangladesh. Science (New York, N.Y.) 314: 1687–1688.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ben Chouikha M. 2016. Organizational Design for Knowledge Management. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Poel I, Goldberg D eds. 2010. 2 Philosophy and Engineering: An Emerging Agenda. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Zhang Wanjun, Liu D, Li G, Zhang Wenyi. 2006. Special Task Scheduling and Control of Cluster Parallel Computing for High-Performance Ground Processing System, pp. 17–23 In Alexandrov VN, Albada GD van, Sloot PMA, Dongarra J [eds.], Computational Science – ICCS 2006: 6th International Conference, Reading, UK, May 28-31, 2006. Proceedings, Part III. 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
Davis J. 2016. How One Type Of Honey Bee Manages To Go It Alone Without Males. 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. 1988. R&D Funding: The Department of Education in Perspective. 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
Mullis J. 2009. The impact of the media on public opinion of the police. Doctoral dissertation. California State University, Long Beach

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
Johnson G. 2015. In Chernobyl, Life Finds a Way. New York Times: D3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Etzioni 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Etzioni 2011; Brunauer & Kennedy 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Brunauer & Kennedy 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Ahmed 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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