How to format your references using the Insectes Sociaux citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Insectes Sociaux. 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
Dobson CM (2002) Getting out of shape. Nature 418:729–730
A journal article with 2 authors
Berry RM, Armitage JP (2008) Microbiology. How bacteria change gear. Science 320:1599–1600
A journal article with 3 authors
Rohatgi R, Milenkovic L, Scott MP (2007) Patched1 regulates hedgehog signaling at the primary cilium. Science 317:372–376
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Palmer TM, Stanton ML, Young TP, et al (2008) Breakdown of an ant-plant mutualism follows the loss of large herbivores from an African savanna. Science 319:192–195

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Perini K, Sabbion P (2017) Urban Sustainability and River Restoration. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Vadhan SP (ed) (2007) Theory of Cryptography: 4th Theory of Cryptography Conference, TCC 2007, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, February 21-24, 2007. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Gorlewski JA, Gorlewski DA (2012) Standard #3. In: Gorlewski JA, Gorlewski DA (eds) Making it Real: Case Stories for Secondary Teachers. SensePublishers, Rotterdam, pp 39–49

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 Insectes Sociaux.

Blog post
Hamilton K (2016) 22 Ways To Be Healthier With Minimal Effort. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 2018

Reports

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) Elementary School Children: Many Change Schools Frequently, Harming Their Education. 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
Schroder GL (2015) A quantitative study of critical thinking skills in bachelors of science nursing program students. Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix

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
Vecsey G (2011) A Sport Fails in the Most Important Category: Integrity. New York Times D5

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Dobson 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Dobson 2002; Berry and Armitage 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Berry and Armitage 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Palmer et al. 2008)

About the journal

Full journal titleInsectes Sociaux
AbbreviationInsectes Soc.
ISSN (print)0020-1812
ISSN (online)1420-9098
ScopeEcology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
Insect Science

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