How to format your references using the Aeolian Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Aeolian 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.
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
Young, O.R., 2011. Governance: A peaceful Arctic. Nature 478, 180–181.
A journal article with 2 authors
Parrish, D.D., Zhu, T., 2009. Climate change. Clean air for megacities. Science 326, 674–675.
A journal article with 3 authors
Carbotte, S.M., Small, C., Donnelly, K., 2004. The influence of ridge migration on the magmatic segmentation of mid-ocean ridges. Nature 429, 743–746.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Polonsky, M., Rimer, J., Kern-Perets, A., Zaretsky, I., Miller, S., Bornstein, C., David, E., Kopelman, N.M., Stelzer, G., Porat, Z., Chain, B., Friedman, N., 2018. Induction of CD4 T cell memory by local cellular collectivity. Science 360.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Shreves, R., Dunwoodie, B., 2011. Drupal® 7 Bible. Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, IN, USA.
An edited book
Talent, J.A. (Ed.), 2012. Earth and Life: Global Biodiversity, Extinction Intervals and Biogeographic Perturbations Through Time, International Year of Planet Earth. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Sharma, D., Saharan, B.S., Kapil, S., 2016. Structural Properties of Biosurfactants of Lab, in: Saharan, B.S., Kapil, S. (Eds.), Biosurfactants of Lactic Acid Bacteria, SpringerBriefs in Microbiology. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 47–60.

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 Aeolian Research.

Blog post
Fang, J., 2014. Mountain Hens Lay Glossy, Color-Changing Eggs [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, 2001. Space Transportation: Critical Areas NASA Needs to Address in Managing Its Reusable Launch Vehicle Program (No. GAO-01-826T). 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
Lin, H.-C., 2013. Depression screening in ambulatory care (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
Koblin, J., 2017. E!, a Mainstay on the Red Carpet, Buys the People’s Choice Awards. New York Times B4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Young, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Parrish and Zhu, 2009; Young, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Parrish and Zhu, 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Polonsky et al., 2018)

About the journal

Full journal titleAeolian Research
AbbreviationAeolian Res.
ISSN (print)1875-9637
ScopeEarth-Surface Processes

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