How to format your references using the Revista Chilena de Historia Natural citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Revista Chilena de Historia Natural. 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
Kirchhoff F (2010) Neuroscience. Questionable calcium. Science 327:1212–1213
A journal article with 2 authors
Au WWL, Benoit-Bird KJ (2003) Automatic gain control in the echolocation system of dolphins. Nature 423:861–863
A journal article with 3 authors
Weng L, Menczer F, Ahn Y-Y (2013) Virality prediction and community structure in social networks. Sci Rep 3:2522
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Sanz JL, Chiappe LM, Fernández-Jalvo Y, et al (2001) An early Cretaceous pellet. Nature 409:998–1000

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Brook CGD, Dattani MT (2012) Handbook of Clinical Pediatric Endocrinology. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK
An edited book
Hospenthal DR, Rinaldi MG (eds) (2008) Diagnosis and Treatment of Human Mycoses. Humana Press, Totowa, NJ
A chapter in an edited book
Hayman C (2014) Maximizing the Potential of Locally Led Peacebuilding in Conflict Affected States. In: Hellmüller S, Santschi M (eds) Is Local Beautiful?: Peacebuilding between International Interventions and Locally Led Initiatives. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 65–77

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 Revista Chilena de Historia Natural.

Blog post
Hamilton K (2014) 15 Common Inaccuracies Found In Science Illustrations. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 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 (2014) Information Technology: Reform Initiatives Can Help Improve Efficiency and Effectiveness. 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
Grether S (2012) All You Need is Love? An Examination of Interracial Divorce. Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University

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
Cooper M (2017) A Case That Reverberates In Inkblot-Like Districts. New York Times A15

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kirchhoff 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Au and Benoit-Bird 2003; Kirchhoff 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Au and Benoit-Bird 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Sanz et al. 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleRevista Chilena de Historia Natural
AbbreviationRev. Chil. Hist. Nat.
ISSN (online)0717-6317
ScopeGeneral Agricultural and Biological Sciences
General Environmental Science

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