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
Reiffel, L. 2000. Sagan breached security by revealing US work on a lunar bomb project. Nature 405: 13.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lutter, C.K.; Lutter, R. 2012. Fetal and early childhood undernutrition, mortality, and lifelong health. Science (New York, N.Y.) 337: 1495–1499.
A journal article with 3 authors
Robertson, J.L.; Kolmakova-Partensky, L.; Miller, C. 2010. Design, function and structure of a monomeric ClC transporter. Nature 468: 844–847.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Abbamonte, P.; Blumberg, G.; Rusydi, A.; Gozar, A.; Evans, P.G.; Siegrist, T.; et al. 2004. Crystallization of charge holes in the spin ladder of Sr14Cu24O41. Nature 431: 1078–1081.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Robbins, N.B. 2004. Creating More Effective Graphs. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, .
An edited book
Jeffery, C. 2015. Writing Virtual Environments for Software Visualization. In: Al-Gharaibeh, J. (Ed.) Springer, New York, NY, XVII, 155 p. 65 illus., 24 illus. in colorp.
A chapter in an edited book
Gulliver, J.S. 2012. Chemicals in the Environment, Turbulent Transport. In: Gulliver, J.S. (Ed.), Transport and Fate of Chemicals in the Environment: Selected Entries from the Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology, Springer, New York, NY, p.89–111.

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. 2015. Controversies In Medicine: The Rise And Fall Of The Challenge To Tamiflu. 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. 1992. Truck Safety: The Safety of Longer Combination Vehicles Is Unknown. 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
Dair, C. 2015. Development of a nutrition-related curriculum for sustainable food waste management for foodservice operations. 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
Murphy, M.J.O. 2011. A Watcher in the Night. New York Times: BR15.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Reiffel 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Reiffel 2000, Lutter and Lutter 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Lutter and Lutter 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Abbamonte et al. 2004)

About the journal

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

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