How to format your references using the Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad. 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
Smocovitis, V. B. (2000). George Ledyard Stebbins (1906-2000). Nature, 404(6778), 562.
A journal article with 2 authors
Freed, A. M., & Lin, J. (2001). Delayed triggering of the 1999 Hector Mine earthquake by viscoelastic stress transfer. Nature, 411(6834), 180–183.
A journal article with 3 authors
Olff, H., Ritchie, M. E., & Prins, H. H. T. (2002). Global environmental controls of diversity in large herbivores. Nature, 415(6874), 901–904.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Larson, B. C., Yang, W., Ice, G. E., Budai, J. D., & Tischler, J. Z. (2002). Three-dimensional X-ray structural microscopy with submicrometre resolution. Nature, 415(6874), 887–890.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Mullaney, M. D. (2009). The Complete Guide to Option Strategies. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Trovati, M., Hill, R., Anjum, A., Zhu, S. Y., & Liu, L. (Eds.). (2015). Big-Data Analytics and Cloud Computing: Theory, Algorithms and Applications. Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
De Leenheer, P., & Mens, T. (2008). Using Graph Transformation to Support Collaborative Ontology Evolution. In A. Schürr, M. Nagl, & A. Zündorf (Eds.), Applications of Graph Transformations with Industrial Relevance: Third International Symposium, AGTIVE 2007, Kassel, Germany, October 10-12, 2007, Revised Selected and Invited Papers (pp. 44–58). Springer.

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 Mexicana de Biodiversidad.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2014, November 11). How Cats Became Domesticated. IFLScience; 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. (2004). Medicaid: Intergovernmental Transfers Have Facilitated State Financing Schemes (GAO-04-574T). U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Kotch, S. (2009). Unduly harsh and unworkably rigid: The death penalty in North Carolina, 1910–1961 [Doctoral dissertation]. University of North Carolina.

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
Brantley, B. (2016, March 21). It’s Delectable, It’s Delirious, Or Maybe It’s Only Dopamine. New York Times, C1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Smocovitis, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Freed & Lin, 2001; Smocovitis, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Freed & Lin, 2001)
  • Three authors: (Olff et al., 2002)
  • 6 or more authors: (Larson et al., 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleRevista Mexicana de Biodiversidad
AbbreviationRev. Mex. Biodivers.
ISSN (print)1870-3453

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