How to format your references using the Oryx citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Oryx. 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
Angerer, P. (2004) Graduate journal: seeking perspective. Nature, 427, 660.
A journal article with 2 authors
Milton, A.L. & Everitt, B.J. (2012) Neuroscience. Wiping drug memories. Science (New York, N.Y.), 336, 167–168.
A journal article with 3 authors
King, N., Hittinger, C.T. & Carroll, S.B. (2003) Evolution of key cell signaling and adhesion protein families predates animal origins. Science (New York, N.Y.), 301, 361–363.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
De, K., Kasliwal, M.M., Ofek, E.O., Moriya, T.J., Burke, J., Cao, Y., et al. (2018) A hot and fast ultra-stripped supernova that likely formed a compact neutron star binary. Science (New York, N.Y.), 362, 201–206.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gottlieb, I. (2009) Next Generation Excel. John Wiley & Sons (Asia) Pte. Ltd., 2 Clementi Loop, #02-01, Singapore 129809.
An edited book
Swaroop, M. & Krishnaswami, S. (eds) (2016) Academic Global Surgery. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Stewart, C.A. & Trinchieri, G. (2011) Turning on and off the Immunological Switch: Immune Response Polarization and Its Control by IL-10 and STAT3. In Immunologic Signatures of Rejection (eds F.M. Marincola & E. Wang), pp. 27–55. 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 Oryx.

Blog post
Andrews, R. (2016) Thanks To Climate Change, The Middle East And North Africa Are Basically Screwed. IFLScience. IFLScience. Https:// [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 (1972) Drug Abuse Control Program Activities in Okinawa. 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
Lemheney, A.J. (2014) Design and development of virtual reality simulation for teaching high-risk low-volume problem-prone office-based medical emergencies. Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine University, Malibu, 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
Shpigel, B. (2017) Assault Claims Lead N.F.L. To Suspend Cowboys’ Elliott. New York Times, D1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Angerer, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Angerer, 2004; Milton & Everitt, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Milton & Everitt, 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (De et al., 2018)

About the journal

Full journal titleOryx
ISSN (print)0030-6053
ISSN (online)1365-3008
ScopeEcology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
Nature and Landscape Conservation

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