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
Jayaraman, K. S. (2001). Indian rocket fizzles out as test launch fails to fly. Nature, 410(6829), 619.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wan, Z., & Zhang, G. (2014). Controlled synthesis and visible light photocatalytic activity of Bi12GeO20 uniform microcrystals. Scientific Reports, 4, 6298.
A journal article with 3 authors
Dillon, R. J., Vennard, C. T., & Charnley, A. K. (2000). Exploitation of gut bacteria in the locust. Nature, 403(6772), 851.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Wapinski, I., Pfeffer, A., Friedman, N., & Regev, A. (2007). Natural history and evolutionary principles of gene duplication in fungi. Nature, 449(7158), 54–61.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Petrucelli, J. R. (2013). Detecting Fraud in Organizations. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Casadio, C., Coecke, B., Moortgat, M., & Scott, P. (Eds.). (2014). Categories and Types in Logic, Language, and Physics: Essays Dedicated to Jim Lambek on the Occasion of His 90th Birthday (Vol. 8222). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Lefere, P., & Gryspeerdt, S. (2006). The Alternative: Faecal Tagging. In P. Lefere & S. Gryspeerdt (Eds.), Virtual Colonoscopy: A Practical Guide (pp. 35–49). 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
Hamilton, K. (2016, September 8). Why You Can Expect A Spectacular Autumn. 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. (2003). Transportation Research: Actions Needed to Improve Coordination and Evaluation of Research (GAO-03-500). 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
O’Neal, L. (2016). What’s in Your Toolbox?: Examining Tool Choices at Two Middle and Late Woodland-Period Sites on Florida’s Central Gulf Coast [Doctoral dissertation]. University of South Florida.

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
Feeney, K. (2006, September 24). QUICK BITE/Kenilworth; So Greek, So Good. New York Times, 14NJ12.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Jayaraman, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Jayaraman, 2001; Wan & Zhang, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Wan & Zhang, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Dillon et al., 2000)
  • 6 or more authors: (Wapinski et al., 2007)

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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