How to format your references using the European Journal of Taxonomy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for European Journal of Taxonomy (EJT). 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
Cassou C. 2008. Intraseasonal interaction between the Madden-Julian Oscillation and the North Atlantic Oscillation. Nature 455 (7212): 523–527.
A journal article with 2 authors
Théry M. & Casas J. 2002. Predator and prey views of spider camouflage. Nature 415 (6868): 133.
A journal article with 3 authors
Myrskylä M., Kohler H.-P. & Billari F.C. 2009. Advances in development reverse fertility declines. Nature 460 (7256): 741–743.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Weinstock I.A., Barbuzzi E.M., Wemple M.W., Cowan J.J., Reiner R.S., Sonnen D.M., Heintz R.A., Bond J.S. & Hill C.L. 2001. Equilibrating metal-oxide cluster ensembles for oxidation reactions using oxygen in water. Nature 414 (6860): 191–195.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Mead D.E. 2013. Becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK.
An edited book
Bai Z. 2010. Spectral Analysis of Large Dimensional Random Matrices. Springer, New York, NY.
A chapter in an edited book
Knoth C., Schlichtmann U., Li B., Zhang M., Olbrich M., Acar E., Eichler U., Haase J., Lange A. & Pronath M. 2012. Methods of Parameter Variations. In: Dietrich M. & Haase J. (eds) Process Variations and Probabilistic Integrated Circuit Design: 91–179. 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 European Journal of Taxonomy.

Blog post
Andrew E. 2014. End-Permian Extinction Happened Much Quicker Than Previously Thought. Available from [Accessed 30 Oct. 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 1995. Highway Safety: Causes of Injury in Automobile Crashes. 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
Roy R. 2013. ‘Jagoron: Awakening’ to Gender in Non Governmental Organizations in Contemporary Bengal. Doctoral dissertation, Ohio State University.

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
Kitsantonis N. 2017. Debt Relief, With Pain, Is on the Way For Greece. New York Times: B3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Cassou 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Théry & Casas 2002; Cassou 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Théry & Casas 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Weinstock et al. 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleEuropean Journal of Taxonomy
ISSN (online)2118-9773

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