How to format your references using the Parasitology International citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Parasitology International. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
A. Moro-Martin, A call to those who care about Europe’s science, Nature. 514 (2014) 141.
A journal article with 2 authors
P. Mellars, J.C. French, Tenfold population increase in Western Europe at the Neandertal-to-modern human transition, Science. 333 (2011) 623–627.
A journal article with 3 authors
M. Dvorak, W. Oswald, Z. Wu, Bandgap opening by patterning graphene, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 2289.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
G. Kaur, G. Pickrell, G. Kimsawatde, D. Homa, H.A. Allbee, N. Sriranganathan, Synthesis, cytotoxicity, and hydroxyapatite formation in 27-Tris-SBF for sol-gel based CaO-P2O5-SiO2-B2O3-ZnO bioactive glasses, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 4392.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
A.R. Willan, A.H. Briggs, Statistical Analysis of Cost-effectiveness Data, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2006.
An edited book
A.A. Minai, Y. Bar-Yam, eds., Unifying Themes in Complex Systems IV: Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Complex Systems, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
P.A. Madureira, Tumour Angiogenesis, in: R.A. de Mello, Á. Tavares, G. Mountzios (Eds.), International Manual of Oncology Practice: (IMOP) - Principles of Medical Oncology, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015: pp. 47–62.

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 Parasitology International.

Blog post
D. Andrew, Vitamin D May Protect Against Severe Asthma Attacks And Hospitalisation, IFLScience. (2016).


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, Protest Against Rejection of Bid, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1973.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
W. Crockett, Student Transitions Into the Full-Time Virtual High School Setting, Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine University, 2017.

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
S.K. (nyt), World Briefing | Europe: Britain: Russian Tycoon Receives Asylum, New York Times. (2003) A6.

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 titleParasitology International
AbbreviationParasitol. Int.
ISSN (print)1383-5769
Infectious Diseases

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