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
Finkel, A., 2014. Perspective: powering up citations. Nature 511, S77.
A journal article with 2 authors
Yanovsky, M.J., Kay, S.A., 2002. Molecular basis of seasonal time measurement in Arabidopsis. Nature 419, 308–312.
A journal article with 3 authors
Baumgart, T., Hess, S.T., Webb, W.W., 2003. Imaging coexisting fluid domains in biomembrane models coupling curvature and line tension. Nature 425, 821–824.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Valle, M., Gillet, R., Kaur, S., Henne, A., Ramakrishnan, V., Frank, J., 2003. Visualizing tmRNA entry into a stalled ribosome. Science 300, 127–130.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Stavroudis, O.N., 2006. The Mathematics of Geometrical and Physical Optics. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG.
An edited book
Aleven, V., Kay, J., Mostow, J. (Eds.), 2010. Intelligent Tutoring Systems: 10th International Conference, ITS 2010, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, June 14-18, 2010, Proceedings, Part II, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Bitansky, N., Vaikuntanathan, V., 2016. Indistinguishability Obfuscation: From Approximate to Exact, in: Kushilevitz, E., Malkin, T. (Eds.), Theory of Cryptography: 13th International Conference, TCC 2016-A, Tel Aviv, Israel, January 10-13, 2016, Proceedings, Part I, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 67–95.

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 Anthropocene.

Blog post
Luntz, S., 2016. The Earliest Life In The Universe Could Have Formed On Planets Made Of Diamond [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL https://www.iflscience.com/space/carbon-planets-may-have-been-lifes-original-cradles/ (accessed 10.30.18).

Reports

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, 2010. Postsecondary Education: College and University Endowments Have Shown Long-Term Growth, While Size, Restrictions, and Distributions Vary (No. GAO-10-393). 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
Kino, M.Y., 2015. My Concierge MD, Inc. a business plan (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
Greenhouse, L., 2005. Justices Agree to Consider EBay Appeal in Patent Case. New York Times C9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Finkel, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Finkel, 2014; Yanovsky and Kay, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Yanovsky and Kay, 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Valle et al., 2003)

About the journal

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

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