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
Merilä J (2009) Evolution. Genetic constraints on adaptation? Science 325:1212–1213
A journal article with 2 authors
Moskovitz C, Kellogg D (2011) Science education. Inquiry-based writing in the laboratory course. Science 332:919–920
A journal article with 3 authors
Devincre B, Hoc T, Kubin L (2008) Dislocation mean free paths and strain hardening of crystals. Science 320:1745–1748
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Dewan R, Jovanov V, Hamraz S, Knipp D (2014) Analyzing periodic and random textured silicon thin film solar cells by Rigorous Coupled Wave Analysis. Sci Rep 4:6029

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ketring KL, Glaze MB (2012) Atlas of Feline Ophthalmology. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., West Sussex, UK
An edited book
Crespo Cuaresma J, Palokangas T, Tarasyev A (eds) (2010) Dynamic Systems, Economic Growth, and the Environment. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Finnemann SC, Chang Y (2008) Photoreceptor—RPE Interactions. In: Tombran-Tink J, Barnstable CJ (eds) Visual Transduction and Non-Visual Light Perception. Humana Press, Totowa, NJ, pp 67–86

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
Hale T (2015) Rare Baby Dinosaur Fossil Rescued By A Blackhawk Helicopter. 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 (2004) Telecommunications: GSA Has Made Progress in Planning Governmentwide Program but Challenges Remain. 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
Valenzuela BD (2013) Thirty-Year-Old Mulberry Field. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Mueller B, Baker AL, Southall A (2017) Attempted Murder Charge in Bronx Shooting of Boy on His 5th Birthday. New York Times A20

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Merilä 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Merilä 2009; Moskovitz and Kellogg 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Moskovitz and Kellogg 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Dewan et al. 2014)

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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