How to format your references using the Earth System Governance citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Earth System Governance. 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
Friedman, W.E., 2008. Hydatellaceae are water lilies with gymnospermous tendencies. Nature 453, 94–97.
A journal article with 2 authors
Zamore, P.D., Haley, B., 2005. Ribo-gnome: the big world of small RNAs. Science 309, 1519–1524.
A journal article with 3 authors
Harbaugh, W.T., Mayr, U., Burghart, D.R., 2007. Neural responses to taxation and voluntary giving reveal motives for charitable donations. Science 316, 1622–1625.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Kang, P.J., Sanson, A., Lee, B., Park, H.O., 2001. A GDP/GTP exchange factor involved in linking a spatial landmark to cell polarity. Science 292, 1376–1378.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rochange, C., Uhrig, S., Sainrat, P., 2013. Time-Predictable Architectures. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Rutz, D., Janssen, R. (Eds.), 2014. Socio-Economic Impacts of Bioenergy Production. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Sellier, J.M., Georgieva, R., Dimov, I., 2015. Sensitivity Analysis of Design Parameters for Silicon Diodes, in: Dimov, I., Fidanova, S., Lirkov, I. (Eds.), Numerical Methods and Applications: 8th International Conference, NMA 2014, Borovets, Bulgaria, August 20-24, 2014, Revised Selected Papers, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 34–43.

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 System Governance.

Blog post
Luntz, S., 2015. Galactic Satellite Could Provide First Clean Dark Matter Signal [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 2007. Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures: Highway Trust Fund Excise Taxes (No. GAO-08-202R). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Villa, J., 2017. Multicultural Training for Mental Health Professionals Working in the Juvenile Justice System (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Forsythe, M., Stevenson, A., 2017. Gadfly Nettles Chinese Elite From 5th Ave. New York Times A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Friedman, 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Friedman, 2008; Zamore and Haley, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Zamore and Haley, 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Kang et al., 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleEarth System Governance
ISSN (print)2589-8116

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