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
Alvarez, M. (2007). System-ready scientists. Nature, 447(7144), 612.
A journal article with 2 authors
Beroza, G. C., & Ide, S. (2009). Geophysics. Deep tremors and slow quakes. Science (New York, N.Y.), 324(5930), 1025–1026.
A journal article with 3 authors
Liu, Z., Neff, R. A., & Berg, D. K. (2006). Sequential interplay of nicotinic and GABAergic signaling guides neuronal development. Science (New York, N.Y.), 314(5805), 1610–1613.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Jiang, D., Hao, M., Fu, J., Zhuang, D., & Huang, Y. (2014). Spatial-temporal variation of marginal land suitable for energy plants from 1990 to 2010 in China. Scientific Reports, 4, 5816.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Zadora, G., Martyna, A., Ramos, D., & Aitken, C. (2013). Statistical Analysis in Forensic Science. John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
An edited book
Stahl, G. (Ed.). (2009). Studying Virtual Math Teams (Vol. 11). Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Fisher, D. C. (2009). Paleobiology and Extinction of Proboscideans in the Great Lakes Region of North America. In G. Haynes (Ed.), American Megafaunal Extinctions at the End of the Pleistocene (pp. 55–75). Springer Netherlands.

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
Andrew, E. (2013, November 12). Trees Make Ants Chemically Dependent, Turn Them Into Indentured Servants. 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. (1995). Resources, Community, and Economic Development Information Systems Issue Area: Active Assignments (AA-95-35(3)). 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
Spralja, K. P. (2014). The intersections of culture and business: An ethnographic study of multicultural second generation young entrepreneurs [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
Yablonsky, L. (2010, January 31). A Cut Above. New York Times, ST3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Alvarez, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Alvarez, 2007; Beroza & Ide, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Beroza & Ide, 2009)
  • Three authors: (Liu et al., 2006)
  • 6 or more authors: (Jiang et al., 2014)

About the journal

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

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