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
Fink, D.W., Jr, 2009. FDA regulation of stem cell-based products. Science 324, 1662–1663.
A journal article with 2 authors
Jox, R., Gewin, V., 2003. Engineering your own path. Nature 425, 327.
A journal article with 3 authors
Li, J., An, J., Ting, C.S., 2013. Interaction-induced localization of mobile impurities in ultracold systems. Sci. Rep. 3, 3147.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Xiong, S., Xi, B., Zhang, K., Chen, Y., Jiang, J., Hu, J., Zeng, H.C., 2013. Ag nanoprisms with Ag₂S attachment. Sci. Rep. 3, 2177.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Stauffer, H.B., 2007. Contemporary Bayesian and Frequentist Statistical Research Methods for Natural Resource Scientists. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Tan, T., Ruan, Q., Wang, S., Ma, H., Di, K. (Eds.), 2015. Advances in Image and Graphics Technologies: 10th Chinese Conference, IGTA 2015, Beijing, China, June 19-20, 2015, Proceedings, Communications in Computer and Information Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Nouvian, R., Eybalin, M., Puel, J.-L., 2012. The Cochlea and the Auditory Nerve as a Primary Source of Tinnitus, in: Eggermont, J.J., Zeng, F.-G., Popper, A.N., Fay, R.R. (Eds.), Tinnitus, Springer Handbook of Auditory Research. Springer, New York, NY, pp. 83–95.

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
Andrew, D., 2017. How To Protect Your Private Data When You Travel To The United States [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, 1988. Space Exploration: Cost, Schedule, and Performance of NASA’s Magellan Mission to Venus (No. NSIAD-88-130FS). 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
Faello, J.P., 2012. Is strong corporate governance associated with informative income smoothing? (Doctoral dissertation). Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS.

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
Kelly, C., 2013. The Literary Journal And the Small Press Live On, in Austin. New York Times A31B.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Fink, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Fink, 2009; Jox and Gewin, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Jox and Gewin, 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Xiong et al., 2013)

About the journal

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

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