How to format your references using the Advances in Water Resources citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Advances in Water Resources. 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
Bacon, D., 2007. Physics. Does our universe allow for robust quantum computation? Science 317, 1876–1877.
A journal article with 2 authors
Schmiedmayer, J., Abele, H., 2015. ASTROPHYSICS. Probing the dark side. Science 349, 786–787.
A journal article with 3 authors
Roychowdhury, T., Vishnoi, A., Bhattacharya, A., 2013. Next-Generation Anchor Based Phylogeny (NexABP): constructing phylogeny from next-generation sequencing data. Sci. Rep. 3, 2634.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Roerink, S.F., Sasaki, N., Lee-Six, H., Young, M.D., Alexandrov, L.B., Behjati, S., Mitchell, T.J., Grossmann, S., Lightfoot, H., Egan, D.A., Pronk, A., Smakman, N., van Gorp, J., Anderson, E., Gamble, S.J., Alder, C., van de Wetering, M., Campbell, P.J., Stratton, M.R., Clevers, H., 2018. Intra-tumour diversification in colorectal cancer at the single-cell level. Nature 556, 457–462.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Coleman, D.D., Westcott, D.A., Harkins, B.E., 2016. CWSP®: Certified Wireless Security Professional Study Guide CWSP-205. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana.
An edited book
Heilmann, C., 2007. Web Development Solutions: Ajax, APIs, Libraries, and Hosted Services Made Easy. Apress, Berkeley, CA.
A chapter in an edited book
Ahlswede, R., Ahlswede, A., Althöfer, I., Deppe, C., Tamm, U., 2015. On $$\lambda $$ -Capacities and Information Stability, in: Ahlswede, A., Althöfer, I., Deppe, C., Tamm, U. (Eds.), Transmitting and Gaining Data: Rudolf Ahlswede’s Lectures on Information Theory 2, Foundations in Signal Processing, Communications and Networking. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 299–321.

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 Water Resources.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2015. Our Fossil Find Suggests Humans Spread To Asia Way Before They Got To Europe [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, 1996. Air Traffic Control: Good Progress on Interim Replacement for Outage-Plagued System, but Risks Can Be Further Reduced (No. AIMD-97-2). 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
Bryan, D., 2015. Facilitators or impediments to college readiness (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
Miller, S.K., 2013. Being ‘Partly Jewish.’ New York Times A31.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bacon, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Bacon, 2007; Schmiedmayer and Abele, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Schmiedmayer and Abele, 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Roerink et al., 2018)

About the journal

Full journal titleAdvances in Water Resources
AbbreviationAdv. Water Resour.
ISSN (print)0309-1708
ScopeWater Science and Technology

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