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
Morgan, J. A. (2002). Ecology. Looking beneath the surface. Science (New York, N.Y.), 298(5600), 1903–1904.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bullock, S. L., & Ish-Horowicz, D. (2001). Conserved signals and machinery for RNA transport in Drosophila oogenesis and embryogenesis. Nature, 414(6864), 611–616.
A journal article with 3 authors
Joseph, A. C., Joseph, S. E., & Chen, G. (2014). Cross-border portfolio investment networks and indicators for financial crises. Scientific Reports, 4, 3991.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Colombani, J., Bianchini, L., Layalle, S., Pondeville, E., Dauphin-Villemant, C., Antoniewski, C., … Léopold, P. (2005). Antagonistic actions of ecdysone and insulins determine final size in Drosophila. Science (New York, N.Y.), 310(5748), 667–670.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gerardi, M. H. (2010). Troubleshooting the Sequencing Batch Reactor. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Montemaggi, P., Trombetta, M., & Brady, L. W. (Eds.). (2016). Brachytherapy: An International Perspective. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Zsolnai, L. (2009). Buddhist Economics for Business. In L. Zsolnai, Z. Boda, & L. Fekete (Eds.), Ethical Prospects: Economy, Society, and Environment (pp. 89–99). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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
Fang, J. (2015, September 9). Million-Year-Old Monkey Fossil Discovered In Underwater Cave. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (2007). Information Technology: Treasury Needs to Strengthen Its Investment Board Operations and Oversight (No. GAO-07-865). Washington, DC: 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
Lieberman, D. S. (2017). “Stroke Your Thoroughbreds and Kick Your Donkeys”: Power and the Secondary Administrative Distribution of Teaching Assignments (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Hodgman, J. (2016, October 6). Bonus Advice From Judge John Hodgman. New York Times, p. MM26.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Morgan, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Bullock & Ish-Horowicz, 2001; Morgan, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Bullock & Ish-Horowicz, 2001)
  • Three authors: (Joseph, Joseph, & Chen, 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Colombani et al., 2005)

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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