How to format your references using the Ameghiniana citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Ameghiniana. 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
Reichhardt, T. 2000. Safety concerns force NASA to condemn satellite to fiery end. Nature 404: 423.
A journal article with 2 authors
Tomita, M. and Kami, K. 2012. Cancer. Systems biology, metabolomics, and cancer metabolism. Science (New York, N.Y.) 336: 990–991.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kuba, H., Ishii, T.M. and Ohmori, H. 2006. Axonal site of spike initiation enhances auditory coincidence detection. Nature 444: 1069–1072.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Liu, A., Jones, R., Liao, L., Samara-Rubio, D., Rubin, D., Cohen, O., Nicolaescu, R. and Paniccia, M. 2004. A high-speed silicon optical modulator based on a metal-oxide-semiconductor capacitor. Nature 427: 615–618.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Brown, C. 2010. Fibonacci Analysis. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, .
An edited book
2008. Central European Functional Programming School: Second Summer School, CEFP 2007, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, June 23-30, 2007, Revised Selected Lectures. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, .
A chapter in an edited book
van Rooij, A.C.L.M. and Wegner, W. 2014. Numerical Investigation of the Flutter Behaviour of a Laminar Supercritical Airfoil. In: Dillmann, A., G. Heller, E. Krämer, H.-P. Kreplin, W. Nitsche and U. Rist (Eds.) , New Results in Numerical and Experimental Fluid Mechanics IX: Contributions to the 18th STAB/DGLR Symposium, Stuttgart, Germany, 2012, Springer International Publishing, Cham, Notes on Numerical Fluid Mechanics and Multidisciplinary Design. pp. 33–41.

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 Ameghiniana.

Blog post
Fang, J. 2015. Why Some Female Birds Are Just As Colorful As The Males. IFLScience. Available at Accessed October 30, 2018 IFLScience.


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 1996. State Infrastructure Banks: A Mechanism to Expand Federal Transportation Financing. 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
Newfang, D.A. 2017. [A Historical Assessment of Asbestos Exposure, Abatement Methods and Containment Efficacy During Asbestos Containing Material Removal Activities at a Large Federal Facility. PhD. Thesis, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

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
Mumford, S. 1960. Article 6 -- No Title. New York Times MagazineSM79.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Reichhardt, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Reichhardt, 2000; Tomita and Kami, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Tomita and Kami, 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Liu et al., 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleAmeghiniana
ISSN (print)0002-7014
ISSN (online)1851-8044
ScopeEcology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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