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
Boughman, J.W., 2001. Divergent sexual selection enhances reproductive isolation in sticklebacks. Nature 411, 944–948.
A journal article with 2 authors
King, D.A., Thomas, S.M., 2007. Big lessons for a healthy future. Nature 449, 791–792.
A journal article with 3 authors
King, G., Pan, J., Roberts, M.E., 2014. Political science. Reverse-engineering censorship in China: randomized experimentation and participant observation. Science 345, 1251722.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Mehlmann, L.M., Saeki, Y., Tanaka, S., Brennan, T.J., Evsikov, A.V., Pendola, F.L., Knowles, B.B., Eppig, J.J., Jaffe, L.A., 2004. The Gs-linked receptor GPR3 maintains meiotic arrest in mammalian oocytes. Science 306, 1947–1950.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ruppel, W., 2015. Wiley GAAP for Governments 2015. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Kavanagh, K. (Ed.), 2007. New Insights in Medical Mycology. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Rosa, R.S., Guimarães, K.S., 2010. Insights on Haplotype Inference on Large Genotype Datasets, in: Ferreira, C.E., Miyano, S., Stadler, P.F. (Eds.), Advances in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology: 5th Brazilian Symposium on Bioinformatics, BSB 2010, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 31-September 3, 2010. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 47–58.

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
Davis, J., 2015. Sharks’ Ability To Hunt Could Be Altered Under Climate Change [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/sharks-ability-hunt-could-be-altered-under-climate-change/ (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, 1997. Tax Systems Modernization: IRS Needs to Resolve Certain Issues With Its Integrated Case Processing System (No. GGD/AIMD-97-31). 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
Parker, J.S., 2006. Land Tenure in the Sugar Creek Watershed: A Contextual Analysis of Land Tenure and Social Networks, Intergenerational Farm Succession, and Conservation Use Among Farmers of Wayne County, Ohio (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
Grynbaum, M.M., Ember, S., 2017. Wall Street Journal Fires Reporter With Connections to Aviation Tycoon. 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 (Boughman, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Boughman, 2001; King and Thomas, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (King and Thomas, 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Mehlmann et al., 2004)

About the journal

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

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