How to format your references using the Engineering Geology Special Publications citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Engineering Geology Special Publications. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Ruttimann, J. 2007. Cell mates. Nature, 450, 756–757.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lee, J.-Y. and Jameson, S.C. 2012. Immunology. Remembering to be tolerant. Science (New York, N.Y.), 335, 667–668.
A journal article with 3 authors
Panday, V., Tiest, W.M.B. and Kappers, A.M.L. 2014. Integration of length and curvature in haptic perception. Scientific reports, 4, 3856.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Lee, W.-L., Watauchi, S., Miller, V.L., Cava, R.J. and Ong, N.P. 2004. Dissipationless anomalous Hall current in the ferromagnetic spinel CuCr2Se4-xBrx. Science (New York, N.Y.), 303, 1647–1649.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Solomon, R. 2016. The Art of Client Service.
An edited book
Pancerz, K. and Zaitseva, E. (eds). 2015. Computational Intelligence, Medicine and Biology: Selected Links. Studies in Computational Intelligence.
A chapter in an edited book
Pio-Abreu, J.L. and Oliveira, C.V. 2016. On measuring tele. In: Stadler, C., Wieser, M. and Kirk, K. (eds) Psychodrama. Empirical Research and Science 2. 41–55.

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 Engineering Geology Special Publications.

Blog post
Andrew, E. 2015. Thunder God Vine Extract Makes Obese Mice Rapidly Shed The Pounds. IFLScience


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. 2012. VA/DOD Federal Health Care Center: Costly Information Technology Delays Continue and Evaluation Plan Lacking. GAO-12-669.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Tiedemann-Fuller, P.M. 2008. A Descriptive Rorschach Study of Children Who Have Experienced Chronic Complex Abuse. Doctoral dissertation, Pacifica Graduate Institute.

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
Qiu, L. 2017. After Denouncing ‘Fake News,’ a Catalog of Falsehoods. New York Times, A12.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ruttimann 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Ruttimann 2007; Lee and Jameson 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Lee and Jameson 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Lee et al. 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleEngineering Geology Special Publications
ISSN (print)0267-9914
ISSN (online)2041-4730
ScopeGeotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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