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
Both, C. (2007): Comment on ‘Rapid advance of spring arrival dates in long-distance migratory birds’. Science 315: 598; author reply 598.
A journal article with 2 authors
Nordborg, M., Weigel, D. (2008): Next-generation genetics in plants. Nature 456: 720–723.
A journal article with 3 authors
Tobler, P.N., Fiorillo, C.D., Schultz, W. (2005): Adaptive coding of reward value by dopamine neurons. Science 307: 1642–1645.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Palazzo, A.F., Eng, C.H., Schlaepfer, D.D., Marcantonio, E.E., Gundersen, G.G. (2004): Localized stabilization of microtubules by integrin- and FAK-facilitated Rho signaling. Science 303: 836–839.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Guzik, A. (2013): Essentials for Occupational Health Nursing. West Sussex, UK, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
(2014): Emerging Therapies in Neurorehabilitation. Berlin, Heidelberg, Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Yeldan, A.E. (2016): Great Recession and Beyond: Revisiting the Pillars of Economic Thought. In: Contemporary Issues in Macroeconomics: Lessons from The Crisis and Beyond, p. 34–41. Stiglitz, J.E., Guzman, M., Eds. London, Palgrave Macmillan UK,.

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, E. (2015): Physicists Recreate Substance Similar To The Plasma Believed To Have Existed At The Very Beginning Of The Universe. 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 (1998): Schools and Libraries Corporation: Actions Needed to Strengthen Program Integrity Operations Before Committing Funds. 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
McConnell, M.E. (2017): A Dual Diagnosis of Hearing Loss and an Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Illustrative Case Study. Doctoral dissertation thesis, California State University, Long Beach.

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
Wagner, J. (2017): Gregorius and Judge Deliver Major Blows as Yanks Top Mets Again. New York Times B12.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Both, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Both, 2007; Nordborg and Weigel, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Nordborg and Weigel, 2008)
  • Three authors: (Tobler, Fiorillo, and Schultz, 2005)
  • 4 or more authors: (Palazzo et al., 2004)

About the journal

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

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