How to format your references using the Anthropocene citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Anthropocene. 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
Marris, E., 2008. Almost in bloom. Nature 452, 122–124.
A journal article with 2 authors
Langlais, B., Amit, H., 2008. Planetary science. The past Martian dynamo. Science 321, 1784–1785.
A journal article with 3 authors
Furuya, T., Kamlet, A.S., Ritter, T., 2011. Catalysis for fluorination and trifluoromethylation. Nature 473, 470–477.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Jansen, V.A.A., Stollenwerk, N., Jensen, H.J., Ramsay, M.E., Edmunds, W.J., Rhodes, C.J., 2003. Measles outbreaks in a population with declining vaccine uptake. Science 301, 804.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Soustelle, M., 2016. Ionic and Electrochemical Equilibria. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Chen, R.F., Eisenkraft, A., Fortus, D., Krajcik, J., Neumann, K., Nordine, J., Scheff, A. (Eds.), 2014. Teaching and Learning of Energy in K – 12 Education. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Correa, L., 2008. Qualitative Choice and Logit Models Applied to Price Optimization, in: Elleithy, K. (Ed.), Innovations and Advanced Techniques in Systems, Computing Sciences and Software Engineering. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp. 15–20.

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 Anthropocene.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2015. Study Says British Drinking Guidelines Are “Unrealistic” And “Irrelevant” [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. Electronic Government: Better Information Needed on Agencies’ Implementation of the Government Paperwork Elimination Act (No. GAO-01-1100). 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
Corbets, J.B., 2017. Evaluating System Architecture Quality and Architecting Team Performance Using Information Quality Theory (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Yablonsky, L., 2012. Style Provocateurs. New York Times ST3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Marris, 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Langlais and Amit, 2008; Marris, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Langlais and Amit, 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Jansen et al., 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleAnthropocene
ISSN (print)2213-3054
ScopeEarth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
Global and Planetary Change

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