How to format your references using the Webbia citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Webbia. 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
Mulder B. 2008. Developmental biology. On growth and force. Science. 322(5908):1643–1644.
A journal article with 2 authors
Queller DC, Strassmann JE. 2002. The many selves of social insects. Science. 296(5566):311–313.
A journal article with 3 authors
Robinson IM, Ranjan R, Schwarz TL. 2002. Synaptotagmins I and IV promote transmitter release independently of Ca(2+) binding in the C(2)A domain. Nature. 418(6895):336–340.
A journal article with 12 or more authors
Wang B, Matsuoka S, Ballif BA, Zhang D, Smogorzewska A, Gygi SP, Elledge SJ. 2007. Abraxas and RAP80 form a BRCA1 protein complex required for the DNA damage response. Science. 316(5828):1194–1198.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sheriff RE, Hu YF. 2001. Mobile Satellite Communication Networks. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Yang G-Z, editor. 2006. Body Sensor Networks. London: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Filippini SA, Ruddat H, Thompson A. 2015. An Introduction to Hodge Structures. In: Laza R, Schütt M, Yui N, editors. Calabi-Yau Varieties: Arithmetic, Geometry and Physics: Lecture Notes on Concentrated Graduate Courses. New York, NY: Springer; p. 83–130.

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 Webbia.

Blog post
Luntz S. 2014. New Camera Examines Sauron’s Eye. IFLScience [Internet]. [accessed 2018 Oct 30].


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. 1999. Year 2000 Computing Crisis: Readiness of the Telecommunications Industry. Washington, DC: 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
Klein J. 2017. Mississippian Space and Place: A Geographical Study of Archaeological Site Data in the American Bottom [Doctoral dissertation]. Edwardsville, IL: Southern Illinois 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
Sophia Kishkovsky; Compiled by. 2006. Arts, Briefly; Fire Ravages a Russian Cathedral. New York Times.:B8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Mulder 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Queller and Strassmann 2002; Mulder 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Queller and Strassmann 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Wang et al. 2007)

About the journal

Full journal titleWebbia
ISSN (print)0083-7792
ISSN (online)2169-4060
ScopeEcology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
Plant Science

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