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
Wootton, J.T. (2001): Local interactions predict large-scale pattern in empirically derived cellular automata. Nature 413: 841–844.
A journal article with 2 authors
Teruel, M.N., Meyer, T. (2002): Parallel single-cell monitoring of receptor-triggered membrane translocation of a calcium-sensing protein module. Science 295: 1910–1912.
A journal article with 3 authors
Tanimura, H., Kanasaki, J., Tanimura, K. (2014): State-resolved ultrafast dynamics of impact ionization in InSb. Sci. Rep. 4: 6849.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Alder, M.N., Rogozin, I.B., Iyer, L.M., Glazko, G.V., Cooper, M.D., Pancer, Z. (2005): Diversity and function of adaptive immune receptors in a jawless vertebrate. Science 310: 1970–1973.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Thie, P.R., Keough, G.E. (2008): An Introduction to Linear Programming and Game Theory. Hoboken, NJ, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
(2016): D-Amino Acids: Physiology, Metabolism, and Application. Tokyo, Springer Japan.
A chapter in an edited book
Moumtzoglou, A., Kastania, A. (2013): An Expository Discourse of E-Health. In: Systems Analysis Tools for Better Health Care Delivery, p. 49–63. Pardalos, P.M., Georgiev, P.G., Papajorgji, P., Neugaard, B., 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
Carpineti, A. (2016): There Is A Gigantic Gas Cloud On A Collision Course With The Milky Way. 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 (2006): No Child Left Behind Act: States Face Challenges Measuring Academic Growth. 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
Boothe, C.S. (2012): The effects of prototype medium on the user’s overall perception of usability and ability to detect usability flaws. Doctoral dissertation thesis, Mississippi State University.

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
Barry, E., Kishkovsky, S. (2011): For Tolstoy and Russia, Still No Happy Ending. New York Times A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wootton, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Wootton, 2001; Teruel and Meyer, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Teruel and Meyer, 2002)
  • Three authors: (Tanimura, Kanasaki, and Tanimura, 2014)
  • 4 or more authors: (Alder 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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