How to format your references using the Freshwater Biology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Freshwater Biology. 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
Nathan R. (2006). Long-distance dispersal of plants. Science (New York, N.Y.) 313, 786–788
A journal article with 2 authors
Smith I.B. & Holt J.W. (2010). Onset and migration of spiral troughs on Mars revealed by orbital radar. Nature 465, 450–453
A journal article with 3 authors
Kalas P., Graham J.R. & Clampin M. (2005). A planetary system as the origin of structure in Fomalhaut’s dust belt. Nature 435, 1067–1070
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Matsubayashi Y., Ogawa M., Morita A. & Sakagami Y. (2002). An LRR receptor kinase involved in perception of a peptide plant hormone, phytosulfokine. Science (New York, N.Y.) 296, 1470–1472

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Coutts J. (2013). Loft Conversions. Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford.
An edited book
Schofield N. (2011). Leadership or Chaos: The Heart and Soul of Politics. (Ed. M. Gallego), Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Masuta N., Yagihashi M., Narita H. & Fujimoto H. (2010). A Non-invasive Method to Measure Joint Range of Motion for Hip Joints. In: Service Robotics and Mechatronics: Selected Papers of the International Conference on Machine Automation ICMA2008. (Eds K. Shirase & S. Aoyagi), pp. 27–32. Springer, London.

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 Freshwater Biology.

Blog post
Fang J. (2014). Glowing Mice Reveal Where Quantum Dots Go. IFLScience


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). Telecommunications: Overview of the Cramming Problem. 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
Patel D.S. (2017). GoSchoolPro: A Web Portal for the Students Using MVC Architecture and ASP.NET Framework. California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Kenigsberg B. (2016). The Listings: Film Series. New York Times, C35

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Nathan, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Nathan, 2006; Smith & Holt, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Smith & Holt, 2010)
  • Three authors: (Kalas, Graham & Clampin, 2005)
  • 4 or more authors: (Matsubayashi et al., 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleFreshwater Biology
AbbreviationFreshw. Biol.
ISSN (print)0046-5070
ISSN (online)1365-2427
ScopeAquatic Science

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