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
Gutscher, M.-A. 2004. Geoscience. What caused the great Lisbon earthquake? Science (New York, N.Y.), 305:1247–1248.
A journal article with 2 authors
Discher, D. E., and A. Eisenberg. 2002. Polymer vesicles. Science (New York, N.Y.), 297:967–973.
A journal article with 3 authors
Queitsch, C., T. A. Sangster, and S. Lindquist. 2002. Hsp90 as a capacitor of phenotypic variation. Nature, 417:618–624.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Fernandes, P. G., A. S. Brierley, E. J. Simmonds, N. W. Millard, S. D. McPhail, F. Armstrong, P. Stevenson, and M. Squires. 2000. Fish do not avoid survey vessels. Nature, 404:35–36.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wolbarst, A. B., P. Capasso, and A. R. Wyant. 2013. Medical Imaging. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, p.
An edited book
2015. Sports Injuries: Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment and Rehabilitation, 2nd ed. 2015. (M. N. Doral and J. Karlsson (eds.)). Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2640 illus., 901 illus. in color. eReference p.
A chapter in an edited book
Helsen, J. A., and Y. Missirlis. 2010. Zirconium and Other Newcomers; p. 99–120. In Y. Missirlis (ed.), Biomaterials: A Tantalus Experience., . Biological and Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering 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
Carpineti, A. 2016. Planet Nine Could Cause Havoc In The Solar System In The Distant Future. 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. 1991. B-2 Bomber: Early Radar Signature Tests. 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
Bortle, C. D. 2010. The role of mnemonic acronyms in clinical emergency medicine: A grounded theory study. Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ 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
Sisario, B. 2017. LCD Soundsystem Tops Album Chart. New York Times, C3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gutscher, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Discher and Eisenberg, 2002; Gutscher, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Discher and Eisenberg, 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Fernandes et al., 2000)

About the journal

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

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