How to format your references using the China Geology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for China Geology. 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
Smaglik, P., 2003. Rewarding experience. Nature 425, 879.
A journal article with 2 authors
Coussens, L.M., Werb, Z., 2002. Inflammation and cancer. Nature 420, 860–867.
A journal article with 3 authors
Smilkov, D., Hidalgo, C.A., Kocarev, L., 2014. Beyond network structure: How heterogeneous susceptibility modulates the spread of epidemics. Sci. Rep. 4, 4795.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Andrews, O.E., Cha, D.J., Wei, C., Patton, J.G., 2014. RNAi-mediated gene silencing in zebrafish triggered by convergent transcription. Sci. Rep. 4, 5222.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Arendt, J.S., Lorenzo, D.K., 2000. Evaluating Process Safety in the Chemical Industry. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
London, J., 2012. Using Technology to Sell: Tactics to Ratchet Up Results. Apress, Berkeley, CA.
A chapter in an edited book
Ramasubramanian, K., Sriram, M.S., 2011. Solar eclipse, in: Sriram, M.S. (Ed.), Tantrasaṅgraha of Nīlakaṇṭha Somayājī. Springer, London, pp. 305–356.

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 China Geology.

Blog post
Taub, B., 2016. This Year’s Ig Nobel Prize Winners Are As Bonkers As Ever [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/this-years-ig-nobel-prize-winners-bonkers-ever/ (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, 1977. The Legality of the Release of Construction Grant Funds by the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare for the University of California’s Proposed School of Dentistry (No. B-164031(5).43). 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
Takele, T., 2003. Confinement Mechanisms in Quantum Chromodynamics (Doctoral dissertation). University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, 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
Hollander, S., 2000. Hard Feelings. New York Times D4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Smaglik, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Coussens and Werb, 2002; Smaglik, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Coussens and Werb, 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Andrews et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleChina Geology
ISSN (print)2096-5192
Scope

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