How to format your references using the Advances in Radio Science citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Advances in Radio Science. 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
Anderson, R. S.: GEOPHYSICS. Pinched topography initiates the critical zone, Science, 350, 506–507, 2015.
A journal article with 2 authors
Annas, G. J. and Elias, S.: Politics, morals and embryos, Nature, 431, 19–20, 2004.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wojtak, R., Hansen, S. H., and Hjorth, J.: Gravitational redshift of galaxies in clusters as predicted by general relativity, Nature, 477, 567–569, 2011.
A journal article with 100 or more authors
Blomqvist, D., Andersson, M., Küpper, C., Cuthill, I. C., Kis, J., Lanctot, R. B., Sandercock, B. K., Székely, T., Wallander, J., and Kempenaers, B.: Genetic similarity between mates and extra-pair parentage in three species of shorebirds, Nature, 419, 613–615, 2002.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Tschannen-Moran, B. and Tschannen-Moran, M.: Evocative Coaching, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA, USA, 2010.
An edited book
Kole, C., Michler, C. H., Abbott, A. G., and Hall, T. C. (Eds.): Transgenic Crop Plants, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, XXVII, 487 p pp., 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
Anger, K.: Adaptation to Life in Fresh Water by Decapod Crustaceans: Evolutionary Challenges in the Early Life-History Stages, in: A Global Overview of the Conservation of Freshwater Decapod Crustaceans, edited by: Kawai, T. and Cumberlidge, N., Springer International Publishing, Cham, 127–168, 2016.

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 Radio Science.

Blog post
Woolly Mammoths Could Soon Become A Protected Species:, last access: 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: Food Update, Volume 2, Issue 4, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1977.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Redcay, J. D.: Kindergarten students’ reading performance and perceptions of Ludus Reading: A mixed-method study, Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ, 2014.

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
Kolomatsky, M.: Brooklyn Prices Reach New Level, New York Times, 11th August, RE2, 2017.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Anderson, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Anderson, 2015; Annas and Elias, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Annas and Elias, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Blomqvist et al., 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleAdvances in Radio Science
AbbreviationAdv. Radio Sci.
ISSN (print)1684-9965
ISSN (online)1684-9973

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