How to format your references using the Computational Geosciences citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Computational Geosciences. 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
Innerarity, T.L.: Structural biology. LDL receptor’s beta-propeller displaces LDL. Science. 298, 2337–2339 (2002)
A journal article with 2 authors
Raser, J.M., O’Shea, E.K.: Control of stochasticity in eukaryotic gene expression. Science. 304, 1811–1814 (2004)
A journal article with 3 authors
Kitching, R.P., Taylor, N.M., Thrusfield, M.V.: Veterinary epidemiology: vaccination strategies for foot-and-mouth disease. Nature. 445, E12; discussion E12-3 (2007)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Wang, Z.-L., Guo, R., Ding, L.-X., Tong, Y.-X., Li, G.-R.: Controllable template-assisted electrodeposition of single- and multi-walled nanotube arrays for electrochemical energy storage. Sci. Rep. 3, 1204 (2013)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bertocchi, M., Schwartz, S.L., Ziemba, W.T.: Optimizing the Aging, Retirement, and Pensions Dilemma. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ (2010)
An edited book
Chen, G.-N.: Granite Genesis: In Situ Melting and Crustal Evolution. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht (2007)
A chapter in an edited book
Chen, X., Liu, Y., Tu, D.: Optical Spectroscopy of Lanthanide-Doped Nanoparticles. In: Liu, Y. and Tu, D. (eds.) Lanthanide-Doped Luminescent Nanomaterials: From Fundamentals to Bioapplications. pp. 75–123. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (2014)

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 Computational Geosciences.

Blog post
Andrew, E.: Beyond Pluto: New Horizons’ Mission Is Not Over Yet,


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: Earth Observing System: Information on NASA’s Selection of Data Centers. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (1991)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Felsburg, D.F.: The business of evangelism: A phenomenological study of frustration and attrition among Christian evangelists, (2008)

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
George, N.: Red and Black, (2013)

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1, 2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleComputational Geosciences
AbbreviationComput. Geosci.
ISSN (print)1420-0597
ISSN (online)1573-1499
ScopeComputational Theory and Mathematics
Computer Science Applications
Computers in Earth Sciences
Computational Mathematics

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