How to format your references using the Aquatic Geochemistry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Aquatic Geochemistry. 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
Frei H (2006) Chemistry. Selective hydrocarbon oxidation in zeolites. Science 313:309–310
A journal article with 2 authors
Mjolsness E, DeCoste D (2001) Machine learning for science: state of the art and future prospects. Science 293:2051–2055
A journal article with 3 authors
Meyer P, Saez L, Young MW (2006) PER-TIM interactions in living Drosophila cells: an interval timer for the circadian clock. Science 311:226–229
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Niessen F, Schaffner F, Furlan-Freguia C, et al (2008) Dendritic cell PAR1-S1P3 signalling couples coagulation and inflammation. Nature 452:654–658

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Beckers B, Beckers P (2014) Reconciliation of Geometry and Perception in Radiation Physics. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Ruggieri F (ed) (2014) Criminal Proceedings, Languages and the European Union: Linguistic and Legal Issues. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
El-Salhy M, Hatlebakk JG, Hausken T (2015) How is Irritable Bowel Syndrome Diagnosed? In: Hatlebakk JG, Hausken T (eds) Understanding and Controlling the Irritable Bowel. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 39–43

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 Aquatic Geochemistry.

Blog post
Andrews R (2016) Extremely Young Lava Flows Spotted On Venus. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 2018


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 (1977) Centralized Direction Needed for Calibration Program. 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
Rakusin LL (2010) Intervening to reduce adolescent substance abuse: A grant proposal. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Marx L (2016) After a Clumsy First Kiss, Making Out Just Fine. New York Times ST17

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Frei 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Mjolsness and DeCoste 2001; Frei 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Mjolsness and DeCoste 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Niessen et al. 2008)

About the journal

Full journal titleAquatic Geochemistry
AbbreviationAquat. Geochem.
ISSN (print)1380-6165
ISSN (online)1573-1421
ScopeGeochemistry and Petrology

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