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
Collins, F.S. (2004): The case for a US prospective cohort study of genes and environment. Nature 429: 475–477.
A journal article with 2 authors
Chang, E.F., Merzenich, M.M. (2003): Environmental noise retards auditory cortical development. Science 300: 498–502.
A journal article with 3 authors
Griesinger, C.B., Richards, C.D., Ashmore, J.F. (2005): Fast vesicle replenishment allows indefatigable signalling at the first auditory synapse. Nature 435: 212–215.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Bock, H., Gharagozloo-Hubmann, K., Sievert, M., Prisner, T., Havlas, Z. (2000): Single crystals of an ionic anthracene aggregate with a triplet ground state. Nature 404: 267–269.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Pérez, A. (2013): Mobile Networks Architecture. Hoboken, NJ USA, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
(2012): Religion, Spirituality and Everyday Practice. Dordrecht, Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Tamate, H.B. (2009): Evolutionary Significance of Admixture and Fragmentation of Sika Deer Populations in Japan. In: Sika Deer: Biology and Management of Native and Introduced Populations, p. 43–59. McCullough, D.R., Takatsuki, S., Kaji, K., Eds. Tokyo, Springer Japan,.

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
Davis, J. (2017): Vaccine Breakthrough Of 1962 Has Saved 10 Million Lives Globally. 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 (2004): Mutual Funds: Assessment of Regulatory Reforms to Improve the Management and Sale of Mutual 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
Prosky, J. (2012): Meisner and the problem of character. 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
Rothenberg, B. (2017): How Penguins Make A Home on Road Ice. New York Times D3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Collins, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Chang and Merzenich, 2003; Collins, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Chang and Merzenich, 2003)
  • Three authors: (Griesinger, Richards, and Ashmore, 2005)
  • 4 or more authors: (Bock et al., 2000)

About the journal

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

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