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
Delaney, P. 2000. Palaeoceanography. Nutrients in the glacial balance. Nature 405: 288–9, 291.
A journal article with 2 authors
Chakraborty, A. and Bandyopadhyay, S. 2013. FOGSAA: Fast Optimal Global Sequence Alignment Algorithm. Scientific Reports 3: 1746.
A journal article with 3 authors
Soung, Y.H., Pruitt, K. and Chung, J. 2014. Epigenetic silencing of ARRDC3 expression in basal-like breast cancer cells. Scientific Reports 4: 3846.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Wood, J.N., Glynn, D.D., Phillips, B.C. and Hauser, M.D. 2007. The perception of rational, goal-directed action in nonhuman primates. Science (New York, N.Y.) 317: 1402–1405.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Stirling, E. 2010. Valuing Older People. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, .
An edited book
2013. III-Nitride Based Light Emitting Diodes and Applications. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, .
A chapter in an edited book
Zwick, B., Joldes, G.R., Wittek, A. and Miller, K. 2015. Numerical Algorithm for Simulation of Soft Tissue Swelling and Shrinking in a Total Lagrangian Explicit Dynamics Framework. In: Doyle, B., K. Miller, A. Wittek and P.M.F. Nielsen (Eds.) , Computational Biomechanics for Medicine: New Approaches and New Applications, Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 37–46.

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
Carpineti, A. 2017. Researchers Develop Cheap Sunlight Powered Water-Purifier. 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 1988. Space Shuttle: External Tank Procurement Does Not Comply With Competition in Contracting Act. 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
Corbin-Staton, A.P. 2009. [Contexts of parental involvement: An interpretive synthesis of qualitative literature using the meta-interpretation method. PhD. Thesis, George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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. 2015. The Supreme Court and the Politics of Fear. New York Times SR6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Delaney, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Delaney, 2000; Chakraborty and Bandyopadhyay, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Chakraborty and Bandyopadhyay, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Wood et al., 2007)

About the journal

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

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