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
Hauser M (2005). Our chimpanzee mind. Nature 437, 60–63.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ogawa A, Sommer RJ (2009). Developmental biology. Strategies to get arrested. Science (New York, N.Y.) 326, 944–945.
A journal article with 3 authors
Tex DM, Kamiya I, Kanemitsu Y (2014). Control of hot-carrier relaxation for realizing ideal quantum-dot intermediate-band solar cells. Scientific reports 4, 4125.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Melhuish EC, Sylva K, Sammons P, Siraj-Blatchford I, Taggart B, Phan MB, Malin A (2008). The early years. Preschool influences on mathematics achievement. Science (New York, N.Y.) 321, 1161–1162.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Morrison TJ (2000). ‘Functional Analysis’. (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ)
An edited book
Woyshner C (Ed.) (2014). ‘Leaders in Social Education: Intellectual Self-Portraits’. (SensePublishers: Rotterdam)
A chapter in an edited book
Postorino V, Mazzone L (2016). Feeding and Eating Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorder. In ‘Psychiatric Symptoms and Comorbidities in Autism Spectrum Disorder’. (Eds L Mazzone, B Vitiello.) pp. 67–78. (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
Davis J (2017). 52-Million-Year-Old Fossil Relative To The Potato Discovered In Patagonia. 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 (2005). National Airspace System: Experts’ Views on Improving the U.S. Air Traffic Control Modernization Program. GAO-05-333SP. 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
Johnson L (2010). A cross-cultural examination of the needs and behaviors of female caregivers of cancer patients at the end of life: A theoretical elaboration. Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University Washington, DC.

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
Sisario B (2017). Soundtracks Dominate the Billboard Top 10. New York Times, C3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hauser 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Hauser 2005; Ogawa and Sommer 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Ogawa and Sommer 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Melhuish et al. 2008)

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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