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
Rees, M. J. (2002). Cosmology. How the cosmic dark age ended. Science (New York, N.Y.), 295(5552), 51–53.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wilson, C. G., & Sherman, P. W. (2010). Anciently asexual bdelloid rotifers escape lethal fungal parasites by drying up and blowing away. Science (New York, N.Y.), 327(5965), 574–576.
A journal article with 3 authors
Villar, G., Graham, A. D., & Bayley, H. (2013). A tissue-like printed material. Science (New York, N.Y.), 340(6128), 48–52.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Wang, B., Yang, W., Wen, W., Sun, J., Su, B., Liu, B., Ma, D., Lv, D., Wen, Y., Qu, T., Chen, M., Sun, M., Shen, Y., & Zhang, X. (2010). Gamma-secretase gene mutations in familial acne inversa. Science (New York, N.Y.), 330(6007), 1065.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Arthur D. Little, Inc. (2010). Making EHS an Integral Part of Process Design. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Loue, S., & Sajatovic, M. (Eds.). (2012). Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health. Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Kawai, T., & Kushizaki, S. (2015). Diagnosis of Air-Conditioner by Using Its Dynamic Property. In P. W. Tse, J. Mathew, K. Wong, R. Lam, & C. N. Ko (Eds.), Engineering Asset Management - Systems, Professional Practices and Certification: Proceedings of the 8th World Congress on Engineering Asset Management (WCEAM 2013) & the 3rd International Conference on Utility Management & Safety (ICUMAS) (pp. 43–52). Springer International Publishing.

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
Andrew, E. (2015, August 18). Artificial Tweezers Block HIV, Herpes And Hepatitis C. 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. (1998). Gulf War Illnesses: Federal Research Strategy Needs Reexamination (T-NSIAD-98-104). 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
Torres Garcia, A. C. (2015). The Impact of Health Insurance Coverage on the Use of Preventive Health Services and Healthy Behaviors: Evidence from Mexico’s Public Health Insurance Program “Seguro Popular” [Doctoral dissertation]. George Washington University.

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
Hubbard, B. (2017, January 4). Another Casualty of the Syrian War: Drinking Water in Damascus. New York Times, A8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Rees, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Rees, 2002; Wilson & Sherman, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Wilson & Sherman, 2010)
  • Three authors: (Villar et al., 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Wang et al., 2010)

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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