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
Keszthelyi, L. P. (2011). Planetary science: Europa awakening. Nature, 479(7374), 485.
A journal article with 2 authors
Eisch, A. J., & Petrik, D. (2012). Depression and hippocampal neurogenesis: a road to remission? Science (New York, N.Y.), 338(6103), 72–75.
A journal article with 3 authors
Euston, D. R., Tatsuno, M., & McNaughton, B. L. (2007). Fast-forward playback of recent memory sequences in prefrontal cortex during sleep. Science (New York, N.Y.), 318(5853), 1147–1150.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Fan, H. S., Wang, H., Zhao, N., Xu, J., & Pan, F. (2014). Nano-porous architecture of N-doped carbon nanorods grown on graphene to enable synergetic effects of supercapacitance. Scientific Reports, 4, 7426.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bailly, P. (2013). Materials and Structures under Shock and Impact. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Park, J.-Y. (Ed.). (2015). Sports Injuries to the Shoulder and Elbow. Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Csanak, G., Kilcrease, D. P., Fursa, D. V., & Bray, I. (2008). Definition of Cross Sections for the Creation, Destruction, and Transfer of Atomic Multipole Moments by Electron Scattering: Quantum Mechanical Treatment. In T. Fujimoto & A. Iwamae (Eds.), Plasma Polarization Spectroscopy (pp. 69–89). 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
Luntz, S. (2015, May 5). Report Warns Of Human-Induced Earthquakes. 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. (1996). Aviation Safety: FAA Generally Agrees With but Is Slow in Implementing Safety Recommendations (RCED-96-193). 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
Pan, C.-M. (2012). Synthesis and Evaluation of Macrocycles as Potential Antitumor Agents [Doctoral dissertation]. University of California San Diego.

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
Hollander, S. (2002, November 6). Everybody Into the Pool. New York Times, D6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Keszthelyi, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Eisch & Petrik, 2012; Keszthelyi, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Eisch & Petrik, 2012)
  • Three authors: (Euston et al., 2007)
  • 6 or more authors: (Fan 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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