How to format your references using the Mastozoologia Neotropical citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Mastozoologia Neotropical. 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
PIELKE RA Jr. 2002. Science policy: policy, politics and perspective. Nature 416:367–368.
A journal article with 2 authors
PUSZKARSKI H & P TOMCZAK. 2014. Spin-wave resonance model of surface pinning in ferromagnetic semiconductor (Ga,Mn)As thin films. Scientific reports 4:6135.
A journal article with 3 authors
VILLEGAS P, P MORETTI & MA MUÑOZ. 2014. Frustrated hierarchical synchronization and emergent complexity in the human connectome network. Scientific reports 4:5990.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
PANG P-C, PCN CHIU, C-L LEE, L-Y CHANG, M PANICO, HR MORRIS, et al. 2011. Human sperm binding is mediated by the sialyl-Lewis(x) oligosaccharide on the zona pellucida. Science (New York, N.Y.) 333:1761–1764.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
BELL S. 2005. Lean Enterprise Systems. P. in.: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
ABDINIA S. 2015. Design of Organic Complementary Circuits and Systems on Foil. P. in.: Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
MAURER M, H KLINGER & A BENZ. 2010. Applying the Structural Complexity Management to Knowledge Transfer in Small and Medium-Sized Companies. Pp. 51–60, in: Innovation through Knowledge Transfer (RJ Howlett, ed.). Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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 Mastozoologia Neotropical.

Blog post
DAVIS J [online]. 2017. Ants Craft Their Own Powerful Antibiotics By Mixing Different Substances. IFLScience. IFLScience. <; (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. 1981. Cooperative Extension Service’s Mission and Federal Role Need Congressional Clarification. 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
BUCKLEY KM. 2008. Diversity and evolution of 185/333, an immune -related gene family from the purple sea urchin, Strongylocentrotus purpuratus. 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
VECSEY G. 2011. Suddenly, Jeter’s Not Fine. New York Times:B14.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Pielke, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Pielke, 2002; Puszkarski and Tomczak, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Puszkarski and Tomczak, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Pang et al., 2011)

About the journal

Full journal titleMastozoologia Neotropical
AbbreviationMastozool. Neotrop.
ISSN (print)0327-9383
ISSN (online)1666-0536

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