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
Loubere, P. 2000. Marine control of biological production in the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean. Nature 406: 497–500.
A journal article with 2 authors
Chatterjee, S.; Callaway, E.M. 2003. Parallel colour-opponent pathways to primary visual cortex. Nature 426: 668–671.
A journal article with 3 authors
Fontana, L.; Partridge, L.; Longo, V.D. 2010. Extending healthy life span--from yeast to humans. Science (New York, N.Y.) 328: 321–326.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Lu, B.; Su, Y.; Das, S.; Wang, H.; Wang, Y.; Liu, J.; et al. 2009. Peptide neurotransmitters activate a cation channel complex of NALCN and UNC-80. Nature 457: 741–744.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Benmammar, B.; Amraoui, A. 2013. Radio Resource Allocation and Dynamic Spectrum Access. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ USA, .
An edited book
Paprotny, I.; Bergbreiter, S. 2014. Small-Scale Robotics. From Nano-to-Millimeter-Sized Robotic Systems and Applications: First International Workshop at ICRA 2013, Karlsruhe, Germany, May 6, 2013, Revised and Extended Papers. In: Paprotny, I.; Bergbreiter, S. (Eds.) Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Vol. 8336. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, X, 101 p. 84 illusp.
A chapter in an edited book
Lucey, T.A.; Agnello, M.F.; Laney, J.D. 2015. Planning and Money Management. In: Agnello, M.F.; Laney, J.D. (Eds.), A Critically Compassionate Approach to Financial Literacy, SensePublishers, Rotterdam, p.65–91.

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 Acta Amazonica.

Blog post
Andrew, E. 2015. Shark Safety Tips: Sorting Out Fact From Fiction. 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. 1977. Survey at the Regional Finance and Data Processing Center in Paris, France. 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
Dinneny, P.N. 2017. End of August. 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
Craig, S. 2016. Trump’s Brand Gets Lift From Aging Air Fleet. New York Times: A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Loubere 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Loubere 2000, Chatterjee and Callaway 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Chatterjee and Callaway 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Lu et al. 2009)

About the journal

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

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