How to format your references using the Earth and Space Science citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Earth and Space Science. 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
Olby, R. (2003). Quiet debut for the double helix. Nature, 421(6921), 402–405.
A journal article with 2 authors
Velicer, G. J., & Yu, Y.-T. N. (2003). Evolution of novel cooperative swarming in the bacterium Myxococcus xanthus. Nature, 425(6953), 75–78.
A journal article with 3 authors
Suma, K., Sumiyoshi, Y., & Endo, Y. (2005). The rotational spectrum and structure of the HOOO radical. Science (New York, N.Y.), 308(5730), 1885–1886.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Zhang, J.-B., Cai, Z.-C., Zhu, T.-B., Yang, W.-Y., & Müller, C. (2013). Mechanisms for the retention of inorganic N in acidic forest soils of southern China. Scientific Reports, 3, 2342.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Caferro, W. (2010). Contesting the Renaissance. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Hartlep, N. D. (2016). Asian/American Curricular Epistemicide: From Being Excluded to Becoming a Model Minority. (D. P. Scott, Ed.). Rotterdam: SensePublishers.
A chapter in an edited book
Maher, C. A., Sran, M. K., & Yankelewitz, D. (2010). Building an Inductive Argument. In C. A. Maher, A. B. Powell, & E. B. Uptegrove (Eds.), Combinatorics and Reasoning: Representing, Justifying and Building Isomorphisms (pp. 45–57). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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 Earth and Space Science.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014, December 20). After Rosetta, Japanese Mission Aims For An Asteroid In Search of Origins of Earth’s Water. Retrieved October 30, 2018, 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
Government Accountability Office. (2008). Electronic Government: Additional OMB Leadership Needed to Optimize Use of New Federal Employee Identification Cards (No. GAO-08-292). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Jackson, M. (2012). A Bibliometric Analysis of Green Building Literature (Doctoral dissertation). Northcentral University, Scottsdale, AZ.

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
Loomis, G. (2012, November 13). Making Music With a Moral. New York Times, p. 0.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Olby, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Olby, 2003; Velicer & Yu, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Velicer & Yu, 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Zhang et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleEarth and Space Science
AbbreviationEarth Space Sci.
ISSN (online)2333-5084

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