How to format your references using the The Condor citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for The Condor. 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
Myhrvold, N. P. (2015). Comment on “Evidence for mesothermy in dinosaurs.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 348:982.
A journal article with 2 authors
Agosta, S. J., and A. E. Dunham (2004). Comment on “How the horned lizard got its horns.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 306:230; author reply 230.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ehrlich, P. R., P. M. Kareiva, and G. C. Daily (2012). Securing natural capital and expanding equity to rescale civilization. Nature 486:68–73.
A journal article with 13 or more authors
Jousson, O., J. Pawlowski, L. Zaninetti, F. W. Zechman, F. Dini, G. Di Guiseppe, R. Woodfield, A. Millar, and A. Meinesz (2000). Invasive alga reaches California. Nature 408:157–158.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Tibergien, M., and R. Pomering (2011). Practice Made (More) Perfect. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Shaw, R. (Editor) (2014). Community Practices for Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan. Springer Japan, Tokyo.
A chapter in an edited book
Kostis, W. J., R. M. Zusman, and R. M. Zusman (2014). Hypertension. In MGH Cardiology Board Review (H. K. Gaggin and J. L. Januzzi Jr., Editors). Springer, London, pp. 86–104.

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 Condor.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015). Scientists Trace The Origins Of The Last Two HIV-1 Groups. IFLScience. [Online.] Available at


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 (1996). Transportation and Telecommunications Issue Area: Active Assignments. U.S. Government Printing Office AA-96-18(4).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Detweiler, K. R. (2012). Exploring Discursive Interaction, Habitus, and Dynamic Co-emergence Among an Agency Leader and Congressional Oversight Committee: A Case Study of Languaging in Practice.

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
Kishkovsky, S. (2008). Georgian Church Envoys Meet With Russian Official. New York Times:A11.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Myhrvold 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Agosta and Dunham 2004, Myhrvold 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Agosta and Dunham 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Jousson et al. 2000)

About the journal

Full journal titleThe Condor
ISSN (print)0010-5422
ISSN (online)1938-5129
ScopeAnimal Science and Zoology
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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