How to format your references using the The American Midland Naturalist citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for The American Midland Naturalist. 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
Baker, D. N. 2012. NASA: Let academia lead space science. Nature, 488:27–28.
A journal article with 2 authors
Knobel, R. G. and A. N. Cleland. 2003. Nanometre-scale displacement sensing using a single electron transistor. Nature, 424:291–293.
A journal article with 3 authors
Keller, R. A., M. R. Fisk and W. M. White. 2000. Isotopic evidence for Late Cretaceous plume-ridge interaction at the Hawaiian hotspot. Nature, 405:673–676.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Butov, L. V., C. W. Lai, A. L. Ivanov, A. C. Gossard and D. S. Chemla. 2002. Towards Bose-Einstein condensation of excitons in potential traps. Nature, 417:47–52.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hoppert, M. 2005. Microscopic Techniques in Biotechnology. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG.
An edited book
Kozielski, S., D. Mrozek, P. Kasprowski, B. Małysiak-Mrozek and D. Kostrzewa (eds). 2015. Beyond Databases, Architectures and Structures: 11th International Conference, BDAS 2015, Ustroń, Poland, May 26-29, 2015, Proceedings. Springer International Publishing, Cham. XVIII, 612 p. 184 illus p.
A chapter in an edited book
Wang, D., Z. Ma and X. Zhang. 2012. The Research on English Learning for PE Majors. p. 23–27. In: Y. Wang (ed.). Education and Educational Technology. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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 The American Midland Naturalist.

Blog post
Fang, J. 2014. The Closest Hypervelocity Star Ever Seen. 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. 1978. Recommendation for Improving Testing of EF-111A Tactical Jamming System. 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
Mai, J. 2017. College Application Behaviors: Factors Impacting the College Choices of High School Seniors. California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Rosenberg, E. and A. Southall. 2016. De Blasio Calls Police Shooting ‘Unacceptable.’

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Baker, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Knobel and Cleland, 2003; Baker, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Knobel and Cleland, 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Butov et al., 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleThe American Midland Naturalist
AbbreviationAm. Midl. Nat.
ISSN (print)0003-0031
ISSN (online)1938-4238
ScopeEcology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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