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
Pyne, S.J. (2001): Essays on science and society. The fires this time, and next. Science 294: 1005–1006.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bartek, J., Lukas, J. (2001): Cell cycle. Order from destruction. Science 294: 66–67.
A journal article with 3 authors
Esposito, M.S., Capelli, P., Arber, S. (2014): Brainstem nucleus MdV mediates skilled forelimb motor tasks. Nature 508: 351–356.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Castellone, M.D., Teramoto, H., Williams, B.O., Druey, K.M., Gutkind, J.S. (2005): Prostaglandin E2 promotes colon cancer cell growth through a Gs-axin-beta-catenin signaling axis. Science 310: 1504–1510.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Goossens, F. (2015): How to Implement Market Models Using VBA. Chichester, UK, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
(2012): Neighbourhood Effects Research: New Perspectives. Dordrecht, Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Laguillaumie, F., Libert, B., Quisquater, J.-J. (2006): Universal Designated Verifier Signatures Without Random Oracles or Non-black Box Assumptions. In: Security and Cryptography for Networks: 5th International Conference, SCN 2006, Maiori, Italy, September 6-8, 2006. Proceedings, p. 63–77. Prisco, R.D., Yung, M., Eds. 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
Carpineti, A. (2016): Magnetic Field In Fusion Reactor Mapped With Extraordinary Precision. 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 (2003): Aviation Security: Federal Air Marshal Service Is Addressing Challenges of Its Expanded Mission and Workforce, but Additional Actions Needed. 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
White, B.D. (2015): Implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention and Support at the High School Level. Doctoral dissertation thesis, Lindenwood 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
Walsh, M.W. (2015): Puerto Rico Has Another Debt Worry on Horizon. 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 (Pyne, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Bartek and Lukas, 2001; Pyne, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Bartek and Lukas, 2001)
  • Three authors: (Esposito, Capelli, and Arber, 2014)
  • 4 or more authors: (Castellone 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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