How to format your references using the Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy. 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
Allen M (2003) Liability for climate change. Nature 421:891–892
A journal article with 2 authors
Iyer SM, Delp SL (2014) Neuroscience. Optogenetic regeneration. Science 344:44–45
A journal article with 3 authors
Silk JB, Alberts SC, Altmann J (2003) Social bonds of female baboons enhance infant survival. Science 302:1231–1234
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Cortes Ledesma F, El Khamisy SF, Zuma MC, et al (2009) A human 5’-tyrosyl DNA phosphodiesterase that repairs topoisomerase-mediated DNA damage. Nature 461:674–678

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Pearson D, Grace C (2012) Weight Management. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd,., West Sussex, UK
An edited book
Pietka E, Kawa J (eds) (2008) Information Technologies in Biomedicine. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Wade CL, Koob GF, Vendruscolo LF (2014) Drug Addiction and Chronic Pain: A Review of Animal Models. In: Fairbanks CA, J MPDT (eds) Neurobiological Studies of Addiction in Chronic Pain States. Springer, New York, NY, pp 61–79

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 Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy.

Blog post
Taub B (2016) New Research Shows How The Iron Curtain Blocked The Spread Of HIV To The East. 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 (2014) Small Business Innovation Research: Change in Program Eligibility Has Had Little Impact. 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
Brookman D (2009) Establishing context for referents in online chatroom conversations. 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
Sang-Hun C, Fackler M, Cowan AL, Sayare S (2014) Greed Before the Fall. New York Times A1

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Allen 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Allen 2003; Iyer and Delp 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Iyer and Delp 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Cortes Ledesma et al. 2009)

About the journal

Full journal titleClean Technologies and Environmental Policy
AbbreviationClean Technol. Environ. Policy
ISSN (print)1618-954X
ISSN (online)1618-9558
ScopeEnvironmental Chemistry
Environmental Engineering
Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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