How to format your references using the Australian Mammalogy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Australian Mammalogy. 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
Hovnanian JS (2000). Let Armenia show why it’s the place for Sesame. Nature 405, 508.
A journal article with 2 authors
Adesnik H, Scanziani M (2010). Lateral competition for cortical space by layer-specific horizontal circuits. Nature 464, 1155–1160.
A journal article with 3 authors
Renvall V, Nangini C, Hari R (2014). All that glitters is not BOLD: inconsistencies in functional MRI. Scientific reports 4, 3920.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Hark AT, Schoenherr CJ, Katz DJ, Ingram RS, Levorse JM, Tilghman SM (2000). CTCF mediates methylation-sensitive enhancer-blocking activity at the H19/Igf2 locus. Nature 405, 486–489.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Haas TC (2011). ‘Improving Natural Resource Management’. (John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester, UK)
An edited book
Marcus A (Ed.) (2015). ‘Design, User Experience, and Usability: Interactive Experience Design: 4th International Conference, DUXU 2015, Held as Part of HCI International 2015, Los Angeles, CA, USA, August 2-7, 2015, Proceedings, Part III’. (Springer International Publishing: Cham)
A chapter in an edited book
Lőw P, Molnár K, Kriska G (2016). Dissection of a Snail (Helix pomatia). In ‘Atlas of Animal Anatomy and Histology’. (Eds K Molnár, G Kriska.) pp. 49–77. (Springer International Publishing: Cham)

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 Australian Mammalogy.

Blog post
Fang J (2014). NASA Just Emailed A Wrench To The International Space Station. IFLScience. Available at: [accessed 30 October 2018]


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 (1988). New L.A. Federal Courthouse: Evidence Is Insufficient To Suggest That Congress Reconsider Its Approval. GGD-88-43BR. 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
Walters LA (2015). A Mixed-Methods Exploration of Employee Attitudes, Awareness, and Satisfaction with Regard to the University Employee Wellness Program. Doctoral dissertation, Lindenwood University St. Charles, MO.

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
Leland J (2017). Midcentury City. New York Times, MB10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hovnanian 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Hovnanian 2000; Adesnik and Scanziani 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Adesnik and Scanziani 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Hark et al. 2000)

About the journal

Full journal titleAustralian Mammalogy
AbbreviationAust. Mammal.
ISSN (print)0310-0049
ISSN (online)1836-7402
ScopeAnimal Science and Zoology
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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