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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Climate of the Past Discussions. 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
Bourzac, K.: Neuroscience: Rewiring the brain, Nature, 522(7557), S50-2, 2015.
A journal article with 2 authors
Znamenskiy, P. and Zador, A. M.: Corticostriatal neurons in auditory cortex drive decisions during auditory discrimination, Nature, 497(7450), 482–485, 2013.
A journal article with 3 authors
Magnuson, J. J., Safina, C. and Sissenwine, M. P.: Ecology and conservation. Whose fish are they anyway?, Science, 293(5533), 1267–1268, 2001.
A journal article with 100 or more authors
Ruban, A. V., Wentworth, M., Yakushevska, A. E., Andersson, J., Lee, P. J., Keegstra, W., Dekker, J. P., Boekema, E. J., Jansson, S. and Horton, P.: Plants lacking the main light-harvesting complex retain photosystem II macro-organization, Nature, 421(6923), 648–652, 2003.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Simon, L.: Control of Biological and Drug-Delivery Systems for Chemical, Biomedical, and Pharmaceutical Engineering, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ., 2013.
An edited book
Fensel, D.: Semantic Web Services, edited by F. M. Facca, E. Simperl, and I. Toma, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg., 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
Bennett, J.: Mathematics, Instruments and Navigation, 1600–1800, in Mathematics and the Historian’s Craft: The Kenneth O. May Lectures, edited by G. V. Brummelen and M. Kinyon, pp. 43–55, Springer, New York, NY., 2005.

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 Discussions.

Blog post
Hamilton, K.: Bizarre Human Brain With No Wrinkles Discovered, IFLScience [online] Available from: (Accessed 30 October 2018), 2014.


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: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Organization Organic Act, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC., 1978.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Rossi, G.: Anesthesiology, geriatric surgery, and the risk of post-operative cognitive dysfunction, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA., 2010.

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
Kishkovsky, S.: WORLD BRIEFING | EUROPE; Russia: Forest Fires Declared as State of Emergency, New York Times, 3rd August, A6, 2010.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bourzac, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Bourzac, 2015; Znamenskiy and Zador, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Znamenskiy and Zador, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Ruban et al., 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleClimate of the Past Discussions
AbbreviationClim. Past Discuss.
ISSN (online)1814-9359
Global and Planetary Change

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