How to format your references using the Emerging Contaminants citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Emerging Contaminants. 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
M.L. Cohen, Changing patterns of infectious disease, Nature. 406 (2000) 762–767.
A journal article with 2 authors
G. Alexandrakis, S.Ε. Poulos, An holistic approach to beach erosion vulnerability assessment, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 6078.
A journal article with 3 authors
H.R. Garner, L.J. McIver, M.B. Waitzkin, Research funding: Same work, twice the money?, Nature. 493 (2013) 599–601.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
E.J. Miller, J. Li, L. Leng, C. McDonald, T. Atsumi, R. Bucala, L.H. Young, Macrophage migration inhibitory factor stimulates AMP-activated protein kinase in the ischaemic heart, Nature. 451 (2008) 578–582.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
W. Schattke, R. Díez Muiño, Quantum Monte Carlo Programming, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany, 2013.
An edited book
T. Proulx, ed., Civil Engineering Topics, Volume 4: Proceedings of the 29th IMAC, A Conference on Structural Dynamics, 2011, Springer, New York, NY, 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
N.R. Neelameggham, B.R. Davis, Thermal Wastes from Energy Conversions and Global Anthropogenic Warming, in: A. Jha, C. Wang, N.R. Neelameggham, D.P. Guillen, L. Li, C.K. Belt, R. Kirchain, J.S. Spangenberger, F. Johnson, A.J. Gomes, A. Pandey, P. Hosemann (Eds.), Energy Technology 2015: Carbon Dioxide Management and Other Technologies, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016: pp. 29–35.

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 Emerging Contaminants.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Scientists Develop Quick And Easy Method To Produce White Blood Cells From Skin Cells, IFLScience. (2014). (accessed October 30, 2018).


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, Federal Research: Peer Review Practices at Federal Science Agencies Vary, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1999.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
S. Terrell, How Global Leaders Develop: A Phenomenological Study of Global Leadership Development, Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, 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
J.B. Stewart, New Chief Portrays A Kinder, Gentler Uber, New York Times. (2017) B1.

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 titleEmerging Contaminants
AbbreviationEmerg. Contam.
ISSN (print)2405-6650

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