How to format your references using the Forest Science citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Forest Science. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Messersmith, P. B. 2008. Materials science. Multitasking in tissues and materials. Science. 319(5871):1767–1768.
A journal article with 2 authors
Collins, F. S., and T. A. Manolio. 2007. Merging and emerging cohorts: necessary but not sufficient. Nature. 445(7125):259.
A journal article with 3 authors
Pawar, S., A. I. Dell, and V. M. Savage. 2012. Dimensionality of consumer search space drives trophic interaction strengths. Nature. 486(7404):485–489.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Jimenez, R., C. Flynn, J. MacDonald, and B. K. Gibson. 2003. The cosmic production of helium. Science. 299(5612):1552–1555.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bonald, T., and M. Feuillet. 2011. Network Performance Analysis. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Kutikhin, A. G. 2013. Infectious Agents and Cancer. Yuzhalin, A.E., and E.B. Brusina (eds.) Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht. X, 118 p p.
A chapter in an edited book
Bhidayasiri, R., and D. Tarsy. 2012. Tremor-Dominant Parkinson’s Disease. P. 8–9 in Movement Disorders: A Video Atlas: A Video Atlas, Tarsy, D. (ed.). Humana Press, Totowa, NJ.

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 Forest Science.

Blog post
Andrew, E. 2015. The Battery Revolution Is Exciting, But Remember They Pollute Too. IFLScience. Available online at:; last accessed October 30, 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. 1994. Health, Education, Employment, and Income Security Reports. 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
Ellerbrook, S. L. 2009. Exploring the efficiency and effectiveness of teacher selection tools: The effects on the total group with a focus on the gender sub-groups. Doctoral dissertation, Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO.

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
Saslow, L. 2007. Motorists, Take Note: The Bike Path Is Complete. New York Times. :LI11.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Messersmith 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Collins and Manolio 2007; Messersmith 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Collins and Manolio 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Jimenez et al. 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleForest Science
AbbreviationFor. Sci.
ISSN (print)0015-749X
Ecological Modelling

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