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
Derry, L.A. 2006. Atmospheric science. Fungi, weathering, and the emergence of animals. Science (New York, N.Y.) 311: 1386–1387.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kump, L.R. and Barley, M.E. 2007. Increased subaerial volcanism and the rise of atmospheric oxygen 2.5 billion years ago. Nature 448: 1033–1036.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hansel, D.E., Eipper, B.A. and Ronnett, G.V. 2001. Neuropeptide Y functions as a neuroproliferative factor. Nature 410: 940–944.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Grice, K., Cao, C., Love, G.D., Böttcher, M.E., Twitchett, R.J., Grosjean, E., Summons, R.E., Turgeon, S.C., Dunning, W. and Jin, Y. 2005. Photic zone euxinia during the Permian-triassic superanoxic event. Science (New York, N.Y.) 307: 706–709.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Nahar, L. and Sarker, S.D. 2012. Steroid Dimers. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, .
An edited book
2016. Recent Advances in Computational Intelligence in Defense and Security. Springer International Publishing, Cham, .
A chapter in an edited book
Brown, K.A. and Simpson, E.R. 2014. Estrogen Biosynthesis. In: Simpson, E.R. (Ed.) , Obesity and Breast Cancer: The Role of Dysregulated Estrogen Metabolism, Springer, New York, NY, pp. 17–35.

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
Luntz, S. 2014. Seaworld To Build Better Orca Enclosures After Blackfish Documentary Hits Profits. 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 2004. Public Community Colleges and Technical Schools: Most Schools Use Both Credit and Noncredit Programs for Workforce Development. 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
Sarkar, D. 2008. [Nanopass compiler infrastructure. PhD. Thesis, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

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
Sisario, B. 2016. ‘We Shall Overcome’ Moves Closer to Copyright Trial. New York Times B2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Derry, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Derry, 2006; Kump and Barley, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Kump and Barley, 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Grice 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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