How to format your references using the Chinese Journal of Geochemistry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Chinese Journal of 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
Jayaraman KS (2005) Biotech boom. Nature 436:480–483
A journal article with 2 authors
Zaher HS, Green R (2009) Quality control by the ribosome following peptide bond formation. Nature 457:161–166
A journal article with 3 authors
Tanaka Y, Okada Y, Hirokawa N (2005) FGF-induced vesicular release of Sonic hedgehog and retinoic acid in leftward nodal flow is critical for left-right determination. Nature 435:172–177
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Cawkwell MJ, Nguyen-Manh D, Woodward C, et al (2005) Origin of brittle cleavage in iridium. Science 309:1059–1062

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Jaffe J (2010) Flip the Funnel. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Vymazal J (2008) Wastewater Treatment in Constructed Wetlands with Horizontal Sub-Surface Flow. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
A chapter in an edited book
Stanković RS, Astola J (2011) Application of Algebra of Logic in Engineering. In: Astola J (ed) From Boolean Logic to Switching Circuits and Automata: Towards Modern Information Technology. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 121–127

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 Chinese Journal of Geochemistry.

Blog post
Fang J (2015) Love Hormone Oxytocin Helps Men Eat Better. 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 (1994) Illegal Aliens: Assessing Estimates of Financial Burden on California. 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
Morissette TM (2009) Elder friendliness and social participation of older adults living within age-segregated retirement communities. 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
de la MERCED MJ (2017) B Capital Group Names Start-Up Star Its Chairman. New York Times B4

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Jayaraman 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Jayaraman 2005; Zaher and Green 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Zaher and Green 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Cawkwell et al. 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleChinese Journal of Geochemistry
ISSN (print)1000-9426
ISSN (online)1993-0364

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