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
Kemp, M. (2003): Science in culture: A mechanical mind. Nature 421: 214.
A journal article with 2 authors
Greenleaf, W.J., Block, S.M. (2006): Single-molecule, motion-based DNA sequencing using RNA polymerase. Science 313: 801.
A journal article with 3 authors
Martin-Lluesma, S., Stucke, V.M., Nigg, E.A. (2002): Role of Hec1 in spindle checkpoint signaling and kinetochore recruitment of Mad1/Mad2. Science 297: 2267–2270.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Ren, Z.-Y., Ingle, S., Takahashi, E., Hirano, N., Hirata, T. (2005): The chemical structure of the Hawaiian mantle plume. Nature 436: 837–840.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Candy, J.V. (2005): Model-Based Signal Processing. Hoboken, NJ, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Reynders, N. (2015): Ultra-Low-Voltage Design of Energy-Efficient Digital Circuits. Cham, Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Hamidi, F., Baljko, M. (2015): Makers with a Cause: Fabrication, Reflection and Community Collaboration. In: Distributed, Ambient, and Pervasive Interactions: Third International Conference, DAPI 2015, Held as Part of HCI International 2015, Los Angeles, CA, USA, August 2-7, 2015, Proceedings, p. 49–61. Streitz, N., Markopoulos, P., Eds. Cham, Springer International Publishing,.

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. (2017): How The Brain Changes When We Learn To Read. 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 (1997): FAA Financing: Issues and Options in Deciding to Reinstate or Replace the Airline Ticket Tax. 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
Kolakoski, M. (2013): The appeal to be heard and the trope of listening in classic film and African American literature. Doctoral dissertation thesis, University of Arizona.

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
Williams, J. (2016): A Different View of London. New York Times BR6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kemp, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Kemp, 2003; Greenleaf and Block, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Greenleaf and Block, 2006)
  • Three authors: (Martin-Lluesma, Stucke, and Nigg, 2002)
  • 4 or more authors: (Ren et al., 2005)

About the journal

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

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