How to format your references using the Current Pollution Reports citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Current Pollution Reports. 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
1. Greensfelder L. INFECTIOUS DISEASES: Polio Outbreak Raises Questions About Vaccine. Science. 2000;290:1867b–9b.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Blondin JM, Mezzacappa A. Pulsar spins from an instability in the accretion shock of supernovae. Nature. 2007;445:58–60.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Laxon S, Peacock N, Smith D. High interannual variability of sea ice thickness in the Arctic region. Nature. 2003;425:947–50.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Webster SM, Del Camino D, Dekker JP, Yellen G. Intracellular gate opening in Shaker K+ channels defined by high-affinity metal bridges. Nature. 2004;428:864–8.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Hull B. Manufacturing Best Practices. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2010.
An edited book
1. Lendeckel U, Hooper NM, editors. Proteases In The Brain. Boston, MA: Springer US; 2005.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Korporal A, Regensburger G. Composing and Factoring Generalized Green’s Operators and Ordinary Boundary Problems. In: Barkatou M, Cluzeau T, Regensburger G, Rosenkranz M, editors. Algebraic and Algorithmic Aspects of Differential and Integral Operators: 5th International Meeting, AADIOS 2012, Held at the Applications of Computer Algebra Conference, ACA 2012, Sofia, Bulgaria, June 25-28, 2012, Selected and Invited Papers. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2014. p. 116–34.

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 Current Pollution Reports.

Blog post
1. Andrew E. Bioengineers Build Circuit Board Modeled On The Human Brain [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2014 [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from:


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
1. Government Accountability Office. Telecommunications Network: NASA Could Better Manage Its Planned Consolidation. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1996 Apr. Report No.: AIMD-96-33.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Frias-Martinez V. Behavior-based admission and access control for network security [Doctoral dissertation]. [New York, NY]: Columbia University; 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
1. Hu W. An Eyesore for 17 Years in Harlem. New York Times. 2017 Jul 16;A17.

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 titleCurrent Pollution Reports
AbbreviationCurr. Pollut. Rep.
ISSN (online)2198-6592

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