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
Quéré, Y., 2010. Academies must engage with society. Nature 465, 1009.
A journal article with 2 authors
Flowers, R.M., Farley, K.A., 2012. Apatite 4He/3He and (U-Th)/He evidence for an ancient Grand Canyon. Science 338, 1616–1619.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hacker, J., Hentschel, U., Dobrindt, U., 2003. Prokaryotic chromosomes and disease. Science 301, 790–793.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Morton, P.E., Hicks, A., Nastos, T., Santis, G., Parsons, M., 2013. CAR regulates epithelial cell junction stability through control of E-cadherin trafficking. Sci. Rep. 3, 2889.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ocic, O., 2004. Oil Refineries in the 21st Century. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG.
An edited book
Duparc, J., Henzinger, T.A. (Eds.), 2007. Computer Science Logic: 21st International Workshop, CSL 2007, 16th Annual Conference of the EACSL, Lausanne, Switzerland, September 11-15, 2007. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Schmitt, D., Gollnick, V., 2016. Aircraft Characteristics, in: Gollnick, V. (Ed.), Air Transport System. Springer, Vienna, pp. 107–155.

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
Luntz, S., 2016. Australia’s 'Stonehenge” Could Be The World’s Oldest Observatory [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, 1996. Satellite Control Capabilities: National Policy Could Help Consolidation and Cost Savings (No. NSIAD-96-77). 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
Madigan, J.P., 2008. Regulation of localization and function of the Rho family small GTPase, Rnd3 (Doctoral dissertation). University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.

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
Wagner, J., 2017. With New Injury, the Mets’ Training Program Is Again Questioned. New York Times B13.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Quéré, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Flowers and Farley, 2012; Quéré, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Flowers and Farley, 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Morton et al., 2013)

About the journal

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

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