How to format your references using the Reproductive Biology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Reproductive Biology. 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
[1]
Marshall E. BIOTECHNOLOGY:Disease Group Invests in Do-It-Yourself Drugs. Science 2000;288:1715b–7b.
A journal article with 2 authors
[1]
Hirschberg J, Manning CD. Advances in natural language processing. Science 2015;349:261–6.
A journal article with 3 authors
[1]
Herrmann B, Thöni C, Gächter S. Antisocial punishment across societies. Science 2008;319:1362–7.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
[1]
Ye K, Aghdasi B, Luo HR, Moriarity JL, Wu FY, Hong JJ, et al. Phospholipase C gamma 1 is a physiological guanine nucleotide exchange factor for the nuclear GTPase PIKE. Nature 2002;415:541–4.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
[1]
Wrobel GM, Neil E. International Advances in Adoption Research for Practice. Chichester, West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.; 2009.
An edited book
[1]
Ågotnes T, Broersen J, Elgesem D, editors. Deontic Logic in Computer Science: 11th International Conference, DEON 2012, Bergen, Norway, July 16-18, 2012. Proceedings. vol. 7393. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
[1]
Rolando A, Di Vita S. Reference Case Studies and Best Practices. In: Rolando A, Di Vita S, editors. From Smart City to Smart Region: Digital Services for an Internet of Places, Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2016, p. 73–91.

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 Reproductive Biology.

Blog post
[1]
Davis J. Why Are Some People Left-Handed? IFLScience 2015.

Reports

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
[1]
Government Accountability Office. Tax Policy: Insufficient Information to Assess Effect of Tax Free Education Assistance. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1989.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
[1]
Huffer DJ. A spatial analysis and zooarchaeological interpretation of archaeological bison remains in the Southwest and the wildlife management implications for the House Rock Valley bison herd in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Doctoral dissertation. University of Arizona, 2013.

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
[1]
Crow K. An Old-Fashioned Leather Bar Looks for a Good Home. New York Times 2001:146.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleReproductive Biology
AbbreviationReprod. Biol.
ISSN (print)1642-431X
ScopeAnimal Science and Zoology
Developmental Biology
Endocrinology

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