How to format your references using the Neotropical Entomology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Neotropical Entomology. 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
Schlütter J (2011) Therapeutics: new drugs hit the target. Nature 474:S5-7
A journal article with 2 authors
Altshuler DL, Clark CJ (2003) Ecology and evolution. Darwin’s hummingbirds. Science 300:588–589
A journal article with 3 authors
Immerzeel WW, van Beek LPH, Bierkens MFP (2010) Climate change will affect the Asian water towers. Science 328:1382–1385
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Manica A, Amos W, Balloux F, Hanihara T (2007) The effect of ancient population bottlenecks on human phenotypic variation. Nature 448:346–348

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Cherian A (2015) Energy and Global Climate Change. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Adams AA, Brenner M, Smith M (eds) (2013) Financial Cryptography and Data Security: FC 2013 Workshops, USEC and WAHC 2013, Okinawa, Japan, April 1, 2013, Revised Selected Papers. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Jungck P, Duncan R, Mulcahy D (2011) Variables: Identifiers, Basic Scalar Data Types, and Literals. In: Duncan R, Mulcahy D (eds) packetC Programming. Apress, Berkeley, CA, pp 53–62

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 Neotropical Entomology.

Blog post
Fang J (2014) Is There Actually One Rat for Every Person in New York? In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/there-actually-one-rat-every-person-new-york/. Accessed 30 Oct 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 (2000) College Tuition and Fees: Changes in the 1995-96 to 1999-2000 Period Compared With Median Household Income. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Heyer C (2017) Advocacy Services for College Students With Disabilities: A Grant Proposal. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Belson K, Lehren AW (2013) Road Runners Facing Difficulty Months After Marathon Uproar. New York Times D1

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Schlütter 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Altshuler and Clark 2003; Schlütter 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Altshuler and Clark 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Manica et al. 2007)

About the journal

Full journal titleNeotropical Entomology
AbbreviationNeotrop. Entomol.
ISSN (print)1519-566X
ISSN (online)1678-8052
ScopeInsect Science

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