How to format your references using the Insects citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Insects. 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
Kaufman, A.J. Geology. The calibration of Ediacaran time. Science 2005, 308, 59–60.
A journal article with 2 authors
Walczyk, T.; von Blanckenburg, F. Natural iron isotope variations in human blood. Science 2002, 295, 2065–2066.
A journal article with 3 authors
Feng, S.; Jacobsen, S.E.; Reik, W. Epigenetic reprogramming in plant and animal development. Science 2010, 330, 622–627.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Varaldi, J.; Fouillet, P.; Ravallec, M.; López-Ferber, M.; Boulétreau, M.; Fleury, F. Infectious behavior in a parasitoid. Science 2003, 302, 1930.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wildi, O. Data Analysis in Vegetation Ecology; John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester, UK, 2010; ISBN 9780470664971.
An edited book
Privat, M. Beginning OS X Lion Apps Development; Warner, R., Ed.; Apress: Berkeley, CA, 2011; ISBN 9781430237204.
A chapter in an edited book
Zalaudek, I.; Scope, A.; Argenziano, G.; Longo, C.; Piana, S.; Carticalà, C.; Marghoob, A.A. The Dual Pathway of Nevogenesis. In Nevogenesis: Mechanisms and Clinical Implications of Nevus Development; Marghoob, A.A., Ed.; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012; pp. 49–57 ISBN 9783642283963.

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 Insects.

Blog post
O`Callaghan, J. Mars Seems More And More Habitable The Closer We Look Available online: (accessed on Oct 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 Telecommuting: Overview of Challenges Facing Federal Agencies; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2001;

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Gonzalez, E.R. Technology and adiposity: Effects of television time, video or computer game time, and computer use on body fat among Latino youth. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach: Long Beach, CA, 2015.

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. Accountability Would Seem to Begin and End With Referees. New York Times 2011, D3.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleInsects
ISSN (online)2075-4450
ScopeInsect Science

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