How to format your references using the Amphibia-Reptilia citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Amphibia-Reptilia (AMRE). 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Abbott, A. (2003): British panel bans use of antidepressant to treat children. Nature 423: 792.
A journal article with 2 authors
Butler, D., Pockley, P. (2000): Monsanto makes rice genome public. Nature 404: 534.
A journal article with 3 authors
Griesinger, C.B., Richards, C.D., Ashmore, J.F. (2005): Fast vesicle replenishment allows indefatigable signalling at the first auditory synapse. Nature 435: 212–215.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Chen, Y., Yang, Y., Overbeek, M. van, Donigian, J.R., Baciu, P., Lange, T. de, Lei, M. (2008): A shared docking motif in TRF1 and TRF2 used for differential recruitment of telomeric proteins. Science 319: 1092–1096.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Cross, M., MacDonald, B. (2008): Nutrition in Institutions. Oxford, UK, Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
(2015): Broad Scale Coastal Simulation: New Techniques to Understand and Manage Shorelines in the Third Millennium. Dordrecht, Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Runyan, C.N. (2009): Essential Competencies of Medical Personnel in Integrated Care Settings. In: The Primary Care Toolkit: Practical Resources for the Integrated Behavioral Care Provider, p. 31–39. O’Donohue, W.T., James, L., Eds. New York, NY, Springer,.

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 Amphibia-Reptilia.

Blog post
Andrew, D. (2016): How We’re Saving The Mountain Chicken Frog From One Of The World’s Worst Wildlife Diseases. 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 (1992): Federal Research: Lessons Learned From SEMATECH. Washington, DC, U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Nelson, A.F. (2014): Anxiety in the process of individuation. An in-depth psychological study. Doctoral dissertation thesis, Pacifica Graduate Institute.

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
Walsh, M.W. (2012): Experts Fear Life Insurers Are Courting Reserve Risk. New York Times B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Abbott, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Butler and Pockley, 2000; Abbott, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Butler and Pockley, 2000)
  • Three authors: (Griesinger, Richards, and Ashmore, 2005)
  • 4 or more authors: (Chen et al., 2008)

About the journal

Full journal titleAmphibia-Reptilia
ISSN (print)0173-5373
ISSN (online)1568-5381
ScopeAnimal Science and Zoology

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