How to format your references using the CEAS Space Journal citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for CEAS Space Journal (CEAS Space J). 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
Alexandrov, L.B.: Understanding the origins of human cancer. Science. 350, 1175 (2015)
A journal article with 2 authors
Wolf, D., Goff, S.P.: Embryonic stem cells use ZFP809 to silence retroviral DNAs. Nature. 458, 1201–1204 (2009)
A journal article with 3 authors
Bai, G., Zhang, Y., Hao, J.: Tuning of near-infrared luminescence of SrTiO3:Ni2+ thin films grown on piezoelectric PMN-PT via strain engineering. Sci. Rep. 4, 5724 (2014)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Pauly, N., Knight, M.R., Thuleau, P., van der Luit, A.H., Moreau, M., Trewavas, A.J., Ranjeva, R., Mazars, C.: Control of free calcium in plant cell nuclei. Nature. 405, 754–755 (2000)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Green, S.D.: Making Sense of Construction Improvement. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK (2011)
An edited book
Alpas, H., Çırakoğlu, B. eds: Food Chain Security. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht (2010)
A chapter in an edited book
Kegl, B., Kegl, M., Pehan, S.: Effects of Biodiesel Usage on Injection Process Characteristics. In: Kegl, M. and Pehan, S. (eds.) Green Diesel Engines: Biodiesel Usage in Diesel Engines. pp. 127–152. Springer, London (2013)

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 CEAS Space Journal.

Blog post
Fang, J.: Termites Have Been Building Bioreactors for 30 Million Years,


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: Information Technology: SBA Needs to Strengthen Oversight of Its Loan Management and Accounting System Modernization. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (2012)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Pierre, R.R.: A Phenomenological Study of the Boomerang-Employment Experience of Scientists and Engineers, (2019)

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
Vecsey, G.: For Rodriguez, It’s a No-Brainer: Just Play, (2009)

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1, 2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleCEAS Space Journal
AbbreviationCEAS Space J.
ISSN (print)1868-2502
ISSN (online)1868-2510
ScopeSpace and Planetary Science
Aerospace Engineering

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