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
MAYOR S. 2005. Coming home. Nature 436:488–489.
A journal article with 2 authors
HANSEN JD & J REICH. 2015. Democratizing education? Examining access and usage patterns in massive open online courses. Science (New York, N.Y.) 350:1245–1248.
A journal article with 3 authors
MENDOZA M, HJ HERRMANN & S SUCCI. 2013. Hydrodynamic model for conductivity in graphene. Scientific reports 3:1052.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
GRADINARU V, M MOGRI, KR THOMPSON, JM HENDERSON & K DEISSEROTH. 2009. Optical deconstruction of parkinsonian neural circuitry. Science (New York, N.Y.) 324:354–359.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
ZARAGOZA DÖRWALD F. 2004. Side Reactions in Organic Synthesis. P. in.: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG.
An edited book
SCHLAAD H (ed.). 2013. Bio-synthetic Polymer Conjugates. P. in.: Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
HALDER P. 2015. An Overview of Science Teachers’ Knowledge of Bioenergy and the Need for Future Research: A Case from India. Pp. 59–64, in: Progress in Clean Energy, Volume 2: Novel Systems and Applications (I Dincer, CO Colpan, O Kizilkan & MA Ezan, eds.). 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 Mastozoologia Neotropical.

Blog post
TAUB B [online]. 2016. Herpes Kills Your Butthole Neurons And Makes You Constipated. 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. 2001. FTS 2001 Implementation Issues. 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
NIKOLOVA S. 2010. Health insurance transitions of SCHIP-eligible children in response to higher public premiums. Doctoral dissertation, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.

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
PROTESS B & A STEVENSON. 2016. New Scrutiny for JPMorgan in China Hiring. New York Times:B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Mayor, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Mayor, 2005; Hansen and Reich, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Hansen and Reich, 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Gradinaru et al., 2009)

About the journal

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

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