How to format your references using the Acta Amazonica citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Acta Amazonica. 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
Zatorre, R.J. 2013. Predispositions and plasticity in music and speech learning: neural correlates and implications. Science (New York, N.Y.) 342: 585–589.
A journal article with 2 authors
Richardson, D.; Sawers, G. 2002. Structural biology. PMF through the redox loop. Science (New York, N.Y.) 295: 1842–1843.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sasaki, M.; Takagi, M.; Okamura, Y. 2006. A voltage sensor-domain protein is a voltage-gated proton channel. Science (New York, N.Y.) 312: 589–592.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Johnson, Z.I.; Zinser, E.R.; Coe, A.; McNulty, N.P.; Woodward, E.M.S.; Chisholm, S.W. 2006. Niche partitioning among Prochlorococcus ecotypes along ocean-scale environmental gradients. Science (New York, N.Y.) 311: 1737–1740.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hahn, G.J.; Doganaksoy, N. 2011. A Career in Statistics. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, .
An edited book
Pertijs, M.A.P. 2006. PRECISION TEMPERATURE SENSORS IN CMOS TECHNOLOGY. In: Huijsing, J.H. (Ed.) Analog Circuits and Signal Processing. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, XII, 292 pp.
A chapter in an edited book
Burigana, C.; Capozziello, S.; Chiosi, C.; D’Onofrio, M.; Longair, M.; Mannheim, P.; et al. 2009. From Galileo to Modern Cosmology: Alternative Paradigms and Science Boundary Conditions. In: D’Onofrio, M.; Burigana, C. (Eds.), Questions of Modern Cosmology: Galileo’s Legacy, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, p.301–428.

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 Acta Amazonica.

Blog post
Andrew, E. 2016. Don’t Hang Up Yet: The Latest Study Linking Mobile Phones To Cancer Has Big Problems. IFLScience. ( Accessed on 30 Oct. 2018.


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. 2011. Key Controls NASA Employs to Guide Use and Management of Funded Space Act Agreements Are Generally Sufficient, but Some Could Be Strengthened and Clarified. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, .

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Rodriguez, P.J. 2013. “Stepping stones”: Empowering mental health patients through connections with significant others: A grant proposal. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Mishan, L. 2017. The Taste of Darkness. New York Times: M2166.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Zatorre 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Richardson and Sawers 2002, Zatorre 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Richardson and Sawers 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Johnson et al. 2006)

About the journal

Full journal titleActa Amazonica
ISSN (print)0044-5967
ISSN (online)1809-4392

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