How to format your references using the Taxon citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Taxon. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Militzer, M. 2002. Materials science. A synchrotron look at steel. Science, 298: 975–976.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bonilla, L. L., & Carpio, A. 2012. Materials science. Driving dislocations in graphene. Science, 337: 161–162.
A journal article with 3 authors
Schmauss, C., Lee-McDermott, Z., & Medina, L. R. 2014. Trans-generational effects of early life stress: the role of maternal behavior. Sci. Rep., 4: 4873.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Giorgi, C., Ito, K., Lin, H.-K., Santangelo, C., Wieckowski, M. R., Lebiedzinska, M., Bononi, A., Bonora, M., Duszynski, J., Bernardi, R., Rizzuto, R., Tacchetti, C., Pinton, P., & Pandolfi, P. P. 2010. PML regulates apoptosis at endoplasmic reticulum by modulating calcium release. Science, 330: 1247–1251.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Horton, I. 2010. Ivor Horton’s Beginning Visual C++® 2010. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Banoub, J. (Ed.). 2014. Detection of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Agents for the Prevention of Terrorism: Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Guarnieri, F. A. 2015. Biomechanics of Subtractive Surgery: From ALK to LASIK. in: F. A. Guarnieri (ed.), Corneal Biomechanics and Refractive Surgery. New York, NY: 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 Taxon.

Blog post
Carpineti, A. 2016, October 20. Evidence Mounts For The Existence Of Planet Nine. (accessed 30 October 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. 2015. Maritime Transportation: Implications of Using U.S. Liquefied-Natural-Gas Carriers for Exports (No. GAO-16-104). Washington, DC: 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
Archibald, G. A. 2008. Regionalizing competitive talent: An exploratory study of the role of human capital management in the context of economic integration and labor mobility (Doctoral dissertation). Capella University, Minneapolis, MN.

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
Stewart, J. B. 2017, February 16. For Some C.E.O.s, a Trump Invitation Is Risky Business. New York Times, p. B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Militzer, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Militzer, 2002; Bonilla & Carpio, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Bonilla & Carpio, 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Giorgi & al., 2010)

About the journal

Full journal titleTaxon
ISSN (print)0040-0262
ISSN (online)1996-8175
ScopeEcology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
Plant Science

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