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
Beaudet AL, 2010. Which way for genetic-test regulation? Leave test interpretation to specialists. Nature 466:816–817.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ellis J, Wilson I, 2001. New physics with the Compact Linear Collider. Nature 409:431–435.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sigman DM, Hain MP, Haug GH, 2010. The polar ocean and glacial cycles in atmospheric CO(2) concentration. Nature 466:47–55.
A journal article with 13 or more authors
Erwin SC, Zu L, Haftel MI, Efros AL, Kennedy TA, Norris DJ, 2005. Doping semiconductor nanocrystals. Nature 436:91–94.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ananthakrishnan AN, Xavier RJ, Podolsky DK, 2017. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.:
An edited book
Blackmon SH, Kim MP, Dickinson KJ, editors, 2015. Atlas of Esophageal Disease and Intervention: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Springer, New York, NY: XIII, 231 p. 151 illus., 145 illus. in color pp.
A chapter in an edited book
Asti E, Bonavina L, 2016. Management of Postoperative Complications in Esophagogastric Surgery, p. 55–64 In: Di Saverio S, F Catena, L Ansaloni, F Coccolini, and G Velmahos (eds.), Acute Care Surgery Handbook: Volume 2 Common Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Emergencies, Cham: 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 Journal of Limnology.

Blog post
Carpineti A, 2017. IFLScience. Accessed October 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, 1973.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Song H, 2006.

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
Wagner J, 2017. New York Times.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Beaudet, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Ellis and Wilson, 2001; Beaudet, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Ellis and Wilson, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Erwin et al., 2005)

About the journal

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

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