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
Berglund, J. (2011) Orthopaedics: Structural support. Nature, 480, S56-7.
A journal article with 2 authors
Beasley, A.J. & Schreier, E.J. (2012) Astronomy: The United States must rejoin the SKA. Nature, 489, 363.
A journal article with 3 authors
Prochaska, J.X., Howk, J.C. & Wolfe, A.M. (2003) The elemental abundance pattern in a galaxy at z = 2.626. Nature, 423, 57–59.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Jasmin, L., Rabkin, S.D., Granato, A., Boudah, A. & Ohara, P.T. (2003) Analgesia and hyperalgesia from GABA-mediated modulation of the cerebral cortex. Nature, 424, 316–320.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sundararajan, D. (2015) Discretewavelet Transform. John Wiley & Sons, Singapore Pte. Ltd, Singapore.
An edited book
Nixon, M.S. (2006) Human Identification Based on Gait. Springer US, Boston, MA.
A chapter in an edited book
Efremov, S., Pilipenko, N., Voskov, L. & Komarov, M. (2015) Cloud IoT Platforms: A Solid Foundation for the Future Web or a Temporary Workaround? In Internet of Things, Smart Spaces, and Next Generation Networks and Systems: 15th International Conference, NEW2AN 2015, and 8th Conference, ruSMART 2015, St. Petersburg, Russia, August 26-28, 2015, Proceedings (eds S. Balandin, S. Andreev & Y. Koucheryavy), pp. 47–55. 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 Oryx.

Blog post
O`Callaghan, J. (2016) Mars To Make Its Closest Approach To Earth In 11 Years This Month. 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 (1981) Misuse of SBA’s 8(a) Program Increased Cost for Many ADP Equipment Acquisitions. 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
Forget, M.A. (2012) Tumor Angiogenesis is all Tied up in Tie2-Expressing Macrophages. Doctoral dissertation, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

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
Greenhouse, L. (2006) roberts court may be defined in second term. New York Times, A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Berglund, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Berglund, 2011; Beasley & Schreier, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Beasley & Schreier, 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Jasmin et al., 2003)

About the journal

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

Other styles