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
Ramaswamy, S. 2011. Biochemistry. One atom makes all the difference. Science (New York, N.Y.) 334: 914–915.
A journal article with 2 authors
Brockmann, D.; Helbing, D. 2013. The hidden geometry of complex, network-driven contagion phenomena. Science (New York, N.Y.) 342: 1337–1342.
A journal article with 3 authors
Johnson, Z.L.; Cheong, C.-G.; Lee, S.-Y. 2012. Crystal structure of a concentrative nucleoside transporter from Vibrio cholerae at 2.4 Å. Nature 483: 489–493.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Peña, M.; Bonatti, L.L.; Nespor, M.; Mehler, J. 2002. Signal-driven computations in speech processing. Science (New York, N.Y.) 298: 604–607.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Cooke, R. 2005. The History of Mathematics. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, .
An edited book
Härdle, W.K. 2015. Multivariate Statistics: Exercises and Solutions. In: Hlávka, Z. (Ed.) 2nd ed. 2015 ed. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, XXIV, 362 p. 123 illus., 30 illus. in colorp.
A chapter in an edited book
Møller-Jensen, L. 2013. Methods for Texture-Based Classification of Urban Fringe Areas from Medium and High Resolution Satellite Imagery. In: Weeks, J.R.; Hill, A.G.; Stoler, J. (Eds.), Spatial Inequalities: Health, Poverty, and Place in Accra, Ghana, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, p.73–86.

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
Andrews, R. 2016. Bright Spots Within Coral Reefs Suggest They Could Ultimately Be Saved. 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. 2005. Transportation Services: Better Dissemination and Oversight of DOT’s Guidance Could Lead to Improved Access for Limited English-Proficient Populations. 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
Payan Venegas, R. 2012. Factors associated with the lack of a regular health care provider for Latinos: Consequences and reasons. 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
Greenhouse, L. 2008. Justices Will Hear Case On Evidence Suppression. New York Times: A15.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ramaswamy 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Ramaswamy 2011, Brockmann and Helbing 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Brockmann and Helbing 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Peña et al. 2002)

About the journal

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

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