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
Pockley, P. 2000. Australian jailed for removal of fossilized footprints. Nature 404: 4.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wennberg, P.O. and Dabdub, D. 2008. Atmospheric chemistry. Rethinking ozone production. Science (New York, N.Y.) 319: 1624–1625.
A journal article with 3 authors
Batson, P.E., Dellby, N. and Krivanek, O.L. 2002. Sub-ångstrom resolution using aberration corrected electron optics. Nature 418: 617–620.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Patz, J.A., Campbell-Lendrum, D., Holloway, T. and Foley, J.A. 2005. Impact of regional climate change on human health. Nature 438: 310–317.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Krichen, S. and Chaouachi, J. 2014. Graph-Related Optimization and Decision Support Systems. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, .
An edited book
2012. Neighbourhood Effects Research: New Perspectives. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, .
A chapter in an edited book
Jaffe, N. and Pearson, M.G. 2005. Wilms’ Tumor. In: Chan, K.W. and R.B. Raney (Eds.) , Pediatric Oncology, Springer US, Boston, MA, pp. 70–81.

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
Andrew, E. 2015. Never Mind The Selfish Gene – Ribosomes Are The Missing Link. 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 2002. Air Traffic Control: FAA Needs to Better Prepare for Impending Wave of Controller Attrition. 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
McCoy, N. 2015. [Functionality Evaluation of the Wave Suppressor and Sediment Collection (WSSC) System: Wave Reduction, Sediment Collection, Mathematical Model, and Preliminary Field Evaluation. PhD. Thesis, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA.

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
Tommasini, A., da FONSECA-WOLLHEIM, C., Oestreich, J.R. and Allen, D. 2017. Sex and Death: It Must Be Opera. New York Times AR50.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Pockley, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Pockley, 2000; Wennberg and Dabdub, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Wennberg and Dabdub, 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Patz et al., 2005)

About the journal

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

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