How to format your references using the Palaeovertebrata citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Palaeovertebrata. 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
Cartwright, J. 2001. Stranger than fiction. Nature, 412:683.
A journal article with 2 authors
Mendelson, T. C., and K. L. Shaw. 2005. Sexual behaviour: rapid speciation in an arthropod. Nature, 433:375–376.
A journal article with 3 authors
Atran, S., R. Axelrod, and R. Davis. 2007. Social science. Sacred barriers to conflict resolution. Science (New York, N.Y.), 317:1039–1040.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Wang, X., F. He, X. Zhu, F. Tang, and L. Li. 2014. Hybrid silver nanoparticle/conjugated polyelectrolyte nanocomposites exhibiting controllable metal-enhanced fluorescence. Scientific Reports, 4:4406.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rao, C. L., V. Narayanamurthy, and K. R. Y. Simha. 2016. Applied Impact Mechanics. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, p.
An edited book
2015. White Space Communication: Advances, Developments and Engineering Challenges (A. K. Mishra and D. L. Johnson (eds.)). Springer International Publishing, Cham, XII, 295 p. 159 illus., 125 illus. in color p.
A chapter in an edited book
Shin, I., M. Kim, and H. Choo. 2008. On Generating Backbone Trees through Robust Multi-hop Clusters in Wireless Sensor Networks; p. 30–39. In S. Lee, H. Choo, S. Ha, and I. C. Shin (eds.), Computer-Human Interaction: 8th Asia-Pacific Conference, APCHI 2008 Seoul, Korea, July 6-9, 2008 Proceedings., . Lecture Notes in Computer Science 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 Palaeovertebrata.

Blog post
Luntz, S. 2016. Have Chinese Skeletons Been Found In A Roman-Era London Grave? IFLScience. Retrieved October 30, 2018 IFLScience.


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. 1997. Education Programs: Major Issues Affecting Postsecondary Education, School-to-Work, and Youth Employment Programs. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, p.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Ulaganathan, M. N. 2016. Building a volunteered geographic information system (VGIS): A mobile application for disaster management. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA p.

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
Walsh, M. W. 2012. S.E.C. Suggests Reforms Of Municipal Bond Market. 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 (Cartwright, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Cartwright, 2001; Mendelson and Shaw, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Mendelson and Shaw, 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Wang et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titlePalaeovertebrata
ISSN (print)0031-0247
ISSN (online)2274-0333

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