How to format your references using the Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 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
Davis B (2011) Education. Mathematics teachers’ subtle, complex disciplinary knowledge. Science 332:1506–1507
A journal article with 2 authors
Ostfeld RS, Keesing F (2004) Ecology. Oh the locusts sang, then they dropped dead. Science 306:1488–1489
A journal article with 3 authors
Catteruccia F, Godfray HCJ, Crisanti A (2003) Impact of genetic manipulation on the fitness of Anopheles stephensi mosquitoes. Science 299:1225–1227
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Gonzalez F, Delahodde A, Kodadek T, Johnston SA (2002) Recruitment of a 19S proteasome subcomplex to an activated promoter. Science 296:548–550

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ruske W (1971) Verlag Chemie 1921-1971. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany
An edited book
Robshaw M, Katz J (eds) (2016) Advances in Cryptology – CRYPTO 2016: 36th Annual International Cryptology Conference, Santa Barbara, CA, USA, August 14-18, 2016, Proceedings, Part I. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Hilgetag CC, Kaiser M (2008) Organization and Function of Complex Cortical Networks. In: Graben PB, Zhou C, Thiel M, Kurths J (eds) Lectures in Supercomputational Neurosciences: Dynamics in Complex Brain Networks. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 107–133

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 Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology.

Blog post
Andrew E (2014) Anomalous Great Basin Climate Record Resolved. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/environment/anomalous-great-basin-climate-record-resolved/. Accessed 30 Oct 2018

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 (2000) Federal Communications Commission: Extending Wireless Telecommunications Services to Tribal Lands. 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
Charles J-G (2017) African American Ninth-Grade Students’ Engagement and Learning in Mathematics: A Case Study of Parent-Teacher Collaboration. Doctoral dissertation, Northcentral University

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
Saslow L (2007) Jones Inlet to Be Dredged Despite Money Dispute. New York Times LI2

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Davis 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Ostfeld and Keesing 2004; Davis 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Ostfeld and Keesing 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Gonzalez et al. 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleArchives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
AbbreviationArch. Environ. Contam. Toxicol.
ISSN (print)0090-4341
ISSN (online)1432-0703
ScopeHealth, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
Pollution
General Medicine
Toxicology

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