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
Lipton, S.A. 2004. Turning down, but not off. Nature 428: 473.
A journal article with 2 authors
Grodzinsky, Y. and Nelken, I. 2014. Neuroscience. The neural code that makes us human. Science (New York, N.Y.) 343: 978–979.
A journal article with 3 authors
Merilä, J., Kruuk, L.E. and Sheldon, B.C. 2001. Cryptic evolution in a wild bird population. Nature 412: 76–79.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Kirsch, D.G., Santiago, P.M., di Tomaso, E., Sullivan, J.M., Hou, W.-S., Dayton, T., Jeffords, L.B., Sodha, P., Mercer, K.L., Cohen, R., Takeuchi, O., Korsmeyer, S.J., Bronson, R.T., Kim, C.F., Haigis, K.M., Jain, R.K. and Jacks, T. 2010. p53 controls radiation-induced gastrointestinal syndrome in mice independent of apoptosis. Science (New York, N.Y.) 327: 593–596.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wootton, R.J. and Smith, C. 2014. Reproductive Biology of Teleost Fishes. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, .
An edited book
2013. Transactions on Large-Scale Data- and Knowledge-Centered Systems IX. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, .
A chapter in an edited book
Chiou, A. and Wong, K.W. 2010. Auto-explanation System: Player Satisfaction in Strategy-Based Board Games. In: Nakatsu, R., N. Tosa, F. Naghdy, K.W. Wong and P. Codognet (Eds.) , Cultural Computing: Second IFIP TC 14 Entertainment Computing Symposium, ECS 2010, Held as Part of WCC 2010, Brisbane, Australia, September 20-23, 2010. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology. pp. 46–54.

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. Polar Invasion: How Plants And Animals Would Colonise An Ice-Free Antarctica. 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. FCC: Access to Telecommunications Equipment and Services by Persons With Disabilities. 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
Backfish, M. 2013. [Electron Cloud in Steel Beam Pipe vs Titanium Nitride Coated and Amorphous Carbon Coated Beam Pipes in Fermilab’s Main Injector. 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
Pilon, M. 2012. Olympic Dream Vacations, Minus Tickets. New York Times B15.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lipton, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Lipton, 2004; Grodzinsky and Nelken, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Grodzinsky and Nelken, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Kirsch et al., 2010)

About the journal

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

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