How to format your references using the Reproduction in Domestic Animals citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Reproduction in Domestic Animals. 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
Ballentine, C. J. (2002). Geochemistry. Tiny tracers tell tall tales. Science (New York, N.Y.), 296(5571), 1247–1248.
A journal article with 2 authors
Pitaevskii, L., & Stringari, S. (2002). Ultracold matter. The quest for superfluidity in Fermi gases. Science (New York, N.Y.), 298(5601), 2144–2146.
A journal article with 3 authors
Pool, J. A., Lobkovsky, E., & Chirik, P. J. (2004). Hydrogenation and cleavage of dinitrogen to ammonia with a zirconium complex. Nature, 427(6974), 527–530.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Cha, J. W., Singh, V. R., Kim, K. H., Subramanian, J., Peng, Q., Yu, H., Nedivi, E., & So, P. T. C. (2014). Reassignment of scattered emission photons in multifocal multiphoton microscopy. Scientific Reports, 4, 5153.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Knuth, E. (2011). Trading Between the Lines. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Zheng, J., Mao, S., Midkiff, S. F., & Zhu, H. (Eds.). (2010). Ad Hoc Networks: First International Conference, ADHOCNETS 2009, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, September 22-25, 2009. Revised Selected Papers (Vol. 28). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Dyshkant, N. (2013). Comparison of Point Clouds Acquired by 3D Scanner. In R. Gonzalez-Diaz, M.-J. Jimenez, & B. Medrano (Eds.), Discrete Geometry for Computer Imagery: 17th IAPR International Conference, DGCI 2013, Seville, Spain, March 20-22, 2013. Proceedings (pp. 47–58). Springer.

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 Reproduction in Domestic Animals.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2014, July 2). Scientists Analyze DNA From Bigfoot Samples. IFLScience; IFLScience.


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). Summary of United States Assistance to Jordan (B-179001). U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
De Ros, K. M. (2008). A content analysis of television ads: Does current practice maximize cognitive processing? [Doctoral dissertation]. Indiana University.

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
Koblin, J. (2017, August 7). FX Plans a Commercial-Free Service With Comcast. New York Times, B6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ballentine, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Ballentine, 2002; Pitaevskii & Stringari, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Pitaevskii & Stringari, 2002)
  • Three authors: (Pool et al., 2004)
  • 6 or more authors: (Cha et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleReproduction in Domestic Animals
AbbreviationReprod. Domest. Anim.
ISSN (print)0936-6768
ISSN (online)1439-0531
ScopeAnimal Science and Zoology

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