How to format your references using the Annales de Paléontologie citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Annales de Paléontologie. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Barabási, A.-L., 2005. Sociology. Network theory--the emergence of the creative enterprise. Science 308, 639–641.
A journal article with 2 authors
Yang, X., Su, H., 2014. Cuprate-like electronic properties in superlattices with Ag(II)F₂ square sheet. Sci. Rep. 4, 5420.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wible, B., Mervis, J., Wigginton, N.S., 2014. The global supply chain. Rethinking the global supply chain. Introduction. Science 344, 1100–1103.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Beaugrand, G., Brander, K.M., Alistair Lindley, J., Souissi, S., Reid, P.C., 2003. Plankton effect on cod recruitment in the North Sea. Nature 426, 661–664.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bottjer, D.J., 2016. Paleoecology. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Gübitz, G., Bauer, A., Bochmann, G., Gronauer, A., Weiss, S. (Eds.), 2015. Biogas Science and Technology, 1st ed. 2015. ed, Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Wolff, K.E., 2011. Applications of Temporal Conceptual Semantic Systems, in: Wolff, K.E., Palchunov, D.E., Zagoruiko, N.G., Andelfinger, U. (Eds.), Knowledge Processing and Data Analysis: First International Conference, KONT 2007, Novosibirsk, Russia, September 14-16, 2007 and First International Conference, KPP 2007,Darmstadt, Germany, September 28-30, 2007. Revised Selected Papers, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 59–78.

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 Annales de Paléontologie.

Blog post
Hale, T., 2016. Artificial Intelligence Wins Almost $11,000 On Horse Bets [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 2005. Aviation Security: Flight and Cabin Crew Member Security Training Strengthened, but Better Planning and Internal Controls Needed (No. GAO-05-781). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Gruhl, D.K., 2010. Santa Rosa Adopt-A-Grandparent Plus program: A grant proposal project (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Qiu, L., 2017. Women and the Draft. New York Times A13.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Barabási, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Barabási, 2005; Yang and Su, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Yang and Su, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Beaugrand et al., 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleAnnales de Paléontologie
AbbreviationAnn. Paleontol.
ISSN (print)0753-3969

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