How to format your references using the Movement Ecology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Movement Ecology. 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
1. Brandeker A. Astronomy. A different class of planets. Science. 2014;343:1440–1.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Miller JR, Simon P. Materials science. Electrochemical capacitors for energy management. Science. 2008;321:651–2.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Dutzler R, Campbell EB, MacKinnon R. Gating the selectivity filter in ClC chloride channels. Science. 2003;300:108–12.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Cooks RG, Ouyang Z, Takats Z, Wiseman JM. Detection Technologies. Ambient mass spectrometry. Science. 2006;311:1566–70.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Dinçer İ, Zamfirescu C. Drying Phenomena. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2015.
An edited book
1. Hagoel L. From the Margins to New Ground: An Autoethnography of Passage between Disciplines. Kalekin-Fishman D, editor. Rotterdam: SensePublishers; 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Diudea MV, Nagy CL. Operations on Maps. In: Diudea MV, Nagy CL, editors. Periodic Nanostructures. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2007. p. 115–36.

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 Movement Ecology.

Blog post
1. Andrew E. Mechanism Explains How Environment Causes Many Human Diseases [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2014 [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available 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
1. Government Accountability Office. Report on Evaluation of Lapsize Computers. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1985 Jul. Report No.: 128117.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Ballan AO. The selfie generation: Students’ perceptions of classroom incivility in social work education [Doctoral dissertation]. [Long Beach, CA]: California State University, Long Beach; 2015.

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
1. Hubbard B, MacFARQUHAR N. New Cease-Fire Begins in Syria, but Violations Are Reported Within Hours. New York Times. 2016 Dec 29;A13.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleMovement Ecology
AbbreviationMov. Ecol.
ISSN (online)2051-3933

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