How to format your references using the Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology. 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
Fine, C., 2014. Neuroscience. His brain, her brain? Science 346, 915–916.
A journal article with 2 authors
Honma, T., Goto, K., 2001. Complexes of MADS-box proteins are sufficient to convert leaves into floral organs. Nature 409, 525–529.
A journal article with 3 authors
Baskin, A., Sadeghpour, H.R., Král, P., 2014. Correlated diskoid-like electronic states. Sci. Rep. 4, 5913.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Luo, W., Wang, X., Meyers, C., Wannenmacher, N., Sirisaksoontorn, W., Lerner, M.M., Ji, X., 2013. Efficient fabrication of nanoporous si and Si/Ge enabled by a heat scavenger in magnesiothermic reactions. Sci. Rep. 3, 2222.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Casper, D., 2011. Hollywood Film 1963-1976. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK.
An edited book
Cheung, S.K.S., Kwok, L.-F., Yang, H., Fong, J., Kwan, R. (Eds.), 2015. Hybrid Learning: Innovation in Educational Practices: 8th International Conference, ICHL 2015, Wuhan, China, July 27-29, 2015, Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Flores, R., 2015. Making Sense of Suffering: Insights from Buddhism and Critical Social Science, in: Anderson, R.E. (Ed.), World Suffering and Quality of Life, Social Indicators Research Series. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp. 65–73.

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 Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology.

Blog post
Taub, B., 2016. Here’s Why The Texture Of Some Food Grosses Us Out [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1988. Reports Issued in July 1988 (No. 136598). 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
Greene, G.L., 2015. An Analysis of the Comparison between Classroom Grades Earned with a Standards-Based Grading System and Grade-Level Assessment Scores as Measured by the Missouri Assessment Program (Doctoral dissertation). Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO.

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
Vecsey, G., 2010. More Than a Wizard. 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 (Fine, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Fine, 2014; Honma and Goto, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Honma and Goto, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Luo et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titlePesticide Biochemistry and Physiology
AbbreviationPestic. Biochem. Physiol.
ISSN (print)0048-3575
ScopeAgronomy and Crop Science
Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
General Medicine

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