How to format your references using the Advances in Climate Change Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Advances in Climate Change Research. 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
Butler, D., 2002. Prion data suggest BSE link to sporadic CJD. Nature 420, 450.
A journal article with 2 authors
Schulze, A., Harris, A.L., 2012. How cancer metabolism is tuned for proliferation and vulnerable to disruption. Nature 491, 364–373.
A journal article with 3 authors
Cui, G., Zhang, M., Zou, G., 2013. Resonant tunneling modulation in quasi-2D Cu(2)O/SnO(2) p-n horizontal-multi-layer heterostructure for room temperature H(2)S sensor application. Sci. Rep. 3, 1250.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Hornstein, E., Mansfield, J.H., Yekta, S., Hu, J.K.-H., Harfe, B.D., McManus, M.T., Baskerville, S., Bartel, D.P., Tabin, C.J., 2005. The microRNA miR-196 acts upstream of Hoxb8 and Shh in limb development. Nature 438, 671–674.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Brown, M., Cutler, T.J., 2012. Haematology Nursing. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., West Sussex, UK.
An edited book
Brion, M., 2005. Frobenius Splitting Methods in Geometry and Representation Theory, Progress in Mathematics. Birkhäuser, Boston, MA.
A chapter in an edited book
Cumming, J.J., Van der Kleij, F.M., 2016. Effective Enactment of Assessment for Learning and Student Diversity in Australia, in: Laveault, D., Allal, L. (Eds.), Assessment for Learning: Meeting the Challenge of Implementation, The Enabling Power of Assessment. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 55–73.

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 Advances in Climate Change Research.

Blog post
Carpineti, C., 2017. Check Out What Comes Crawling Out Of This Elephant [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1977. Secretary of the Senate Accountability as of March 31, 1977 (No. GGD-77-66). 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
Tu, K.-H., 2017. Structural and Functional Analysis of Apolipoprotein E3/E4 Hybrid (Doctoral dissertation). 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
Wagner, J., 2016. Seven More Call-Ups, Four Homers and a Victory. New York Times B10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Butler, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Butler, 2002; Schulze and Harris, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Schulze and Harris, 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Hornstein et al., 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleAdvances in Climate Change Research
AbbreviationAdv. Clim. Chang. Res.
ISSN (print)1674-9278
ScopeAtmospheric Science
Global and Planetary Change
Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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