How to format your references using the Journal of Limnology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Limnology. 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
Russo E, 2002. Putting politics back into science. Nature 415:4–5.
A journal article with 2 authors
Akeda Y, Galán JE, 2005. Chaperone release and unfolding of substrates in type III secretion. Nature 437:911–915.
A journal article with 3 authors
Brown ET, Molnar P, Bourlès DL, 2005. Comment on “Slip-rate measurements on the Karakorum Fault may imply secular variations in fault motion.” Science 309:1326; author reply 1326.
A journal article with 13 or more authors
Guillin O, Diaz J, Carroll P, Griffon N, Schwartz JC, Sokoloff P, 2001. BDNF controls dopamine D3 receptor expression and triggers behavioural sensitization. Nature 411:86–89.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Machner H, 2005. Einführung in Die Kern- Und Elementarteilchenphysik. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany.:
An edited book
Schnars U, 2005. Digital Holography: Digital Hologram Recording, Numerical Reconstruction, and Related Techniques. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg: X, 164 p pp.
A chapter in an edited book
Rieck K, Wahl S, Laskov P, Domschitz P, Müller K-R, 2008. A Self-learning System for Detection of Anomalous SIP Messages, p. 90–106 In: Schulzrinne H, R State, and S Niccolini (eds.), Principles, Systems and Applications of IP Telecommunications. Services and Security for Next Generation Networks: Second International Conference, IPTComm 2008, Heidelberg, Germany, July 1-2, 2008. Revised Selected Papers, Berlin, Heidelberg: 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 Journal of Limnology.

Blog post
Luntz S, 2014. IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/environment/antarctic-rate-ice-loss-double-previous-estimate/. Accessed October 30, 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, 1977.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Ogawa N, 2012.

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
Smith M, Davey M, Blinder A, 2016. New York Times.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Russo, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Russo, 2002; Akeda and Galán, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Akeda and Galán, 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Guillin et al., 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Limnology
AbbreviationJ. Limnol.
ISSN (online)1723-8633
ScopeAquatic Science
Ecology
Water Science and Technology

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