How to format your references using the Biogeosciences Discussions citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Biogeosciences Discussions. 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
Holmgren, A.: Biochemistry. SNO removal, Science, 320(5879), 1019–1020, 2008.
A journal article with 2 authors
Packer, A. and Clay, K.: Soil pathogens and spatial patterns of seedling mortality in a temperate tree, Nature, 404(6775), 278–281, 2000.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ando, R., Mizuno, H. and Miyawaki, A.: Regulated fast nucleocytoplasmic shuttling observed by reversible protein highlighting, Science, 306(5700), 1370–1373, 2004.
A journal article with 100 or more authors
Sumner, S., Hughes, W. O. H., Pedersen, J. S. and Boomsma, J. J.: Ant parasite queens revert to mating singly, Nature, 428(6978), 35–36, 2004.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Zlokarnik, M.: Scale-Up in Chemical Engineering, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG., 2006.
An edited book
Cueto, E.: Proper Generalized Decompositions: An Introduction to Computer Implementation with Matlab, 1st ed. 2016., edited by D. González and I. Alfaro, Springer International Publishing, Cham., 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
Bansal, N., Vredeveld, T. and van der Zwaan, R.: Approximating Vector Scheduling: Almost Matching Upper and Lower Bounds, in LATIN 2014: Theoretical Informatics: 11th Latin American Symposium, Montevideo, Uruguay, March 31–April 4, 2014. Proceedings, edited by A. Pardo and A. Viola, pp. 47–59, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg., 2014.

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 Biogeosciences Discussions.

Blog post
Andrew, E.: Particles From Outside Our Solar System Found, IFLScience [online] Available from: (Accessed 30 October 2018), 2014.


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: Comments on H.R. 3229 and H.R. 3240, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC., 1981.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Lucky-Medford, L.: A gendered approach to synaesthesia using the poetry of John Keats and Emily Dickinson, Doctoral dissertation, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL., 2010.

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
Rothenberg, B.: Fear, Frustration and Fascination: Sharapova on Serena, New York Times, 11th September, B10, 2017.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Holmgren, 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Holmgren, 2008; Packer and Clay, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Packer and Clay, 2000)
  • Three or more authors: (Sumner et al., 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleBiogeosciences Discussions
AbbreviationBiogeosci. Discuss.
ISSN (online)1810-6285
ScopeEcology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
Earth-Surface Processes

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