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
Sage, L. (2014): Exoplanets. Nature 513: 327.
A journal article with 2 authors
Chen, K., Baran, P.S. (2009): Total synthesis of eudesmane terpenes by site-selective C-H oxidations. Nature 459: 824–828.
A journal article with 3 authors
Rogers Hollingsworth, J., Müller, K.H., Hollingsworth, E.J. (2008): China: The end of the science superpowers. Nature 454: 412–413.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Mondal, S., Johnston, J.M., Wang, H., Khelashvili, G., Filizola, M., Weinstein, H. (2013): Membrane driven spatial organization of GPCRs. Sci. Rep. 3: 2909.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Anjum, B., Perros, H. (2015): Bandwidth Allocation for Video Under Quality of Service Constraints. Hoboken, NJ, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
(2009): Computational Science – ICCS 2009: 9th International Conference Baton Rouge, LA, USA, May 25-27, 2009 Proceedings, Part I. Berlin, Heidelberg, Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Sprent, J.I. (2005): Biological Nitrogen Fixation Associated with Angiosperms in Terrestrial Ecosystems. In: Nutrient Acquisition by Plants: An Ecological Perspective, p. 89–116. BassiriRad, H., Ed. Berlin, Heidelberg, 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, E. (2015): New System Turns Salty Groundwater Into Drinking Water Using Solar Power. 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 (1986): Digests of Unpublished Decisions of the Comptroller General of the United States, Vol. III, No. 2. 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
Kannanthanathu, A.F. (2017): Wavelet Transform and Ensemble Logistic Regression for Driver Drowsiness Detection. 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
Sisario, B. (2017): Stoking Classic Rock Hunger With Concerts on the Coasts. New York Times C4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Sage, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Chen and Baran, 2009; Sage, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Chen and Baran, 2009)
  • Three authors: (Rogers Hollingsworth, Müller, and Hollingsworth, 2008)
  • 4 or more authors: (Mondal et al., 2013)

About the journal

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

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