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
Helbing, D. (2013). Globally networked risks and how to respond. Nature 497, 51–59.
A journal article with 2 authors
Clark, C. M., and Tilman, D. (2008). Loss of plant species after chronic low-level nitrogen deposition to prairie grasslands. Nature 451, 712–715.
A journal article with 3 authors
Qian, H., Wang, X., and Zhang, Y. (2012). Comment on ‘Disentangling the drivers of β diversity along latitudinal and elevational gradients’. Science (New York, N.Y.) 335, 1573; author reply 1573.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Goss, K. H., Risinger, M. A., Kordich, J. J., Sanz, M. M., Straughen, J. E., Slovek, L. E., Capobianco, A. J., German, J., Boivin, G. P., and Groden, J. (2002). Enhanced tumor formation in mice heterozygous for Blm mutation. Science (New York, N.Y.) 297, 2051–2053.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Utas, G. (2006). ‘Robust Communications Software’. (John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester, UK.)
An edited book
Garratt, P. (Ed.) (2016). ‘The Cognitive Humanities: Embodied Mind in Literature and Culture’. (Palgrave Macmillan UK: London.)
A chapter in an edited book
Wu, B., Sy, S. K. B., and Derendorf, H. (2014). Principles of Applied Pharmacokinetic–Pharmacodynamic Modeling. In ‘Fundamentals of Antimicrobial Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics’. (Eds A. A. Vinks, H. Derendorf, and J. W. Mouton.) pp. 63–79. (Springer: New York, NY.)

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
Luntz, S. (2014). Proposed Device Could Capture Unlimited Renewable Energy From Earth’s Infared Emissions. 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 (2007). Bankruptcy Reform: Value of Credit Counseling Requirement Is Not Clear. GAO-07-203. 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
Gomes, S. (2010). The Lanterman-Petris-Short Act and the effects of deinstitutionalization on the mentally ill. 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
Schwirtz, M., and Winerip, M. (2015). In Beatings, Inmates Feared a ‘Captain America’. New York Times, A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Helbing 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Clark and Tilman 2008; Helbing 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Clark and Tilman 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Goss et al. 2002)

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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