How to format your references using the International Journal of Odonatology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal of Odonatology. 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
Dolan, L. (2007). Plant science. SCARECROWs at the border. Science (New York, N.Y.), 316(5823), 377–378.
A journal article with 2 authors
Minamino, T., & Namba, K. (2008). Distinct roles of the FliI ATPase and proton motive force in bacterial flagellar protein export. Nature, 451(7177), 485–488.
A journal article with 3 authors
Eerenstein, W., Mathur, N. D., & Scott, J. F. (2006). Multiferroic and magnetoelectric materials. Nature, 442(7104), 759–765.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Liu, J., Wang, X.-P., Cho, S., Lim, B. K., Irwin, D. M., Ryder, O. A., Zhang, Y.-P., & Yu, L. (2014). Evolutionary and functional novelty of pancreatic ribonuclease: a study of Musteloidea (order Carnivora). Scientific Reports, 4, 5070.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sigrist, J.-F. (2015). Fluid-Structure Interaction. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Molva, R., Tsudik, G., & Westhoff, D. (Eds.). (2005). Security and Privacy in Ad-hoc and Sensor Networks: Second European Workshop, ESAS 2005, Visegrad, Hungary, July 13-14, 2005. Revised Selected Papers (Vol. 3813). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Priyadarshini Rai, & Madasu Hanmandlu. (2016). Gaussian Function-Based Particle Swarm Optimization. In M. Pant, K. Deep, J. C. Bansal, A. Nagar, & K. N. Das (Eds.), Proceedings of Fifth International Conference on Soft Computing for Problem Solving: SocProS 2015, Volume 1 (pp. 57–67). Springer.

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 International Journal of Odonatology.

Blog post
Hamilton, K. (2016, December 20). Why Sex Gets Better In Older Age. IFLScience; 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. (2001). USDA Graduate School: Revenue Reporting Needs to Be Improved (GAO-02-5). U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Dobson, E. C. (2012). Elizabeth C. Dobson Consulting and Design: A business plan for aging-in-place resources [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
Sisario, B. (2017, October 9). Shania Twain Returns To Top of Album Chart. New York Times, C3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Dolan, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Dolan, 2007; Minamino & Namba, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Minamino & Namba, 2008)
  • Three authors: (Eerenstein et al., 2006)
  • 6 or more authors: (Liu et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleInternational Journal of Odonatology
AbbreviationInt. J. Odonatol.
ISSN (print)1388-7890
ISSN (online)2159-6719
ScopeEcology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
Insect Science

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