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
Nicholls, H. (2009). Darwin 200: A flight of fancy. Nature, 457(7231), 790–791.
A journal article with 2 authors
Pack, C. C., & Born, R. T. (2001). Temporal dynamics of a neural solution to the aperture problem in visual area MT of macaque brain. Nature, 409(6823), 1040–1042.
A journal article with 3 authors
Alby, K., Schaefer, D., & Bennett, R. J. (2009). Homothallic and heterothallic mating in the opportunistic pathogen Candida albicans. Nature, 460(7257), 890–893.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Zhou, M., Morais-Cabral, J. H., Mann, S., & MacKinnon, R. (2001). Potassium channel receptor site for the inactivation gate and quaternary amine inhibitors. Nature, 411(6838), 657–661.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bourlès, H. (2013). Linear Systems. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Zeng, R. (Ed.). (2016). Graphics-sequenced interpretation of ECG (1st ed. 2016). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
van Eemeren, F. H., Garssen, B., Krabbe, E. C. W., Snoeck Henkemans, A. F., Verheij, B., & Wagemans, J. H. M. (2014). Toulmin’s Model of Argumentation. In B. Garssen, E. C. W. Krabbe, A. F. Snoeck Henkemans, B. Verheij, & J. H. M. Wagemans (Eds.), Handbook of Argumentation Theory (pp. 203–256). Springer Netherlands.

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. (2014, September 18). Watch A Mongoose Fend Off Four Lions. 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. (1990). Guaranteed Student Loans: Profits of Secondary Market Lenders Vary Widely (HRD-90-130BR). 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
Rhode, J. F. (2008). Interaction equivalency in self-paced online learning environments: An exploration of learner preferences [Doctoral dissertation]. Capella 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
Vecsey, G. (2011, June 19). Athlete-Fan Dialogue Becomes Shouting Match. New York Times, SP9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Nicholls, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Nicholls, 2009; Pack & Born, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Pack & Born, 2001)
  • Three authors: (Alby et al., 2009)
  • 6 or more authors: (Zhou et al., 2001)

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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