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
Wong, G., 2004. Recruiters and industry. Get a foot in the door. Nature 431, 1128.
A journal article with 2 authors
Stolinsky, D.C., Rubinstein, E., 2000. Science’s Conversation with Jiang Zemin. Science 289, 548–549.
A journal article with 3 authors
Schmidt, M.W., Vautravers, M.J., Spero, H.J., 2006. Rapid subtropical North Atlantic salinity oscillations across Dansgaard-Oeschger cycles. Nature 443, 561–564.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Boch, J., Scholze, H., Schornack, S., Landgraf, A., Hahn, S., Kay, S., Lahaye, T., Nickstadt, A., Bonas, U., 2009. Breaking the code of DNA binding specificity of TAL-type III effectors. Science 326, 1509–1512.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Matthys, W., Lochman, J.E., 2016. Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder in Childhood. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Madenci, E., 2014. Peridynamic Theory and Its Applications. Springer, New York, NY.
A chapter in an edited book
Kappauf, J., Lauterbach, B., Koch, M., 2011. Production Logistics, in: Lauterbach, B., Koch, M. (Eds.), Logistic Core Operations with SAP: Procurement, Production and Distribution Logistics. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 139–170.

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
Taub, B., 2016. Making Art Can Reduce Stress Hormone Levels – Even if You Suck At It [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, 1991. FAA Information Technology: Complete Cost Data Not Provided to OMB (No. IMTEC-91-22). 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
Han, B., 2008. Mechanistic Consequences of Cardiac Oxidative Stress (Doctoral dissertation). Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

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., 2011. A Great TV Series Set in Texas? Sorry, You’re Canceled. New York Times A29B.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wong, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Stolinsky and Rubinstein, 2000; Wong, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Stolinsky and Rubinstein, 2000)
  • Three or more authors: (Boch et al., 2009)

About the journal

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

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