How to format your references using the Climate of the Past citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Climate of the Past. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Fratzl, P.: Materials science. A composite matter of alignment, Science, 335(6065), 177–178, 2012.
A journal article with 2 authors
Li, F. and Ravetch, J. V.: Inhibitory Fcγ receptor engagement drives adjuvant and anti-tumor activities of agonistic CD40 antibodies, Science, 333(6045), 1030–1034, 2011.
A journal article with 3 authors
Christensen, U. R., Holzwarth, V. and Reiners, A.: Energy flux determines magnetic field strength of planets and stars, Nature, 457(7226), 167–169, 2009.
A journal article with 100 or more authors
Brinster, S., Lamberet, G., Staels, B., Trieu-Cuot, P., Gruss, A. and Poyart, C.: Type II fatty acid synthesis is not a suitable antibiotic target for Gram-positive pathogens, Nature, 458(7234), 83–86, 2009.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Camarillo, G. and García-Martín, M. A.: The 3G IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK., 2006.
An edited book
Colombo, J.: Clinical Autonomic Dysfunction: Measurement, Indications, Therapies, and Outcomes, edited by R. Arora, N. L. DePace, and A. I. Vinik, Springer International Publishing, Cham., 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
Elzinga, A.: An Evaluation of the Achievements of the First International Polar Year, in The History of the International Polar Years (IPYs), edited by S. Barr and C. Luedecke, pp. 109–126, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg., 2010.

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 Climate of the Past.

Blog post
Andrew, E.: It’s Not Earth 2.0, But Our New Rocky Neighbour Is A Planet Worth Watching, IFLScience [online] Available from: (Accessed 30 October 2018), 2015.


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: Financial Management Systems: Additional Efforts Needed to Address Key Causes of Modernization Failures, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC., 2006.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Tran, A.: A psychoeducational program on hoarding within the Vietnamese community: Grant writing proposal, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA., 2012.

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
Silver-Greenberg, J. and Protess, B.: Gun Control Groups Find a Wealthy Ally in Big Law, New York Times, 7th December, BU1, 2016.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Fratzl, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Fratzl, 2012; Li and Ravetch, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Li and Ravetch, 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Brinster et al., 2009)

About the journal

Full journal titleClimate of the Past
AbbreviationClim. Past
ISSN (print)1814-9324
ISSN (online)1814-9332
Global and Planetary Change

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