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
Watzman, H. 2003. German researchers set to receive Israeli stem-cell shipment. Nature, 421, 199.
A journal article with 2 authors
Schorlemmer, D. & Wiemer, S. 2005. Earth science: microseismicity data forecast rupture area. Nature, 434, 1086.
A journal article with 3 authors
Shim, J.H., Haule, K. & Kotliar, G. 2007. Fluctuating valence in a correlated solid and the anomalous properties of delta-plutonium. Nature, 446, 513–516.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Blosser, T.R., Yang, J.G., Stone, M.D., Narlikar, G.J. & Zhuang, X. 2009. Dynamics of nucleosome remodelling by individual ACF complexes. Nature, 462, 1022–1027.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bayuk, J.L., Healey, J., Rohmeyer, P., Sachs, M.H., Schmidt, J. & Weiss, J. 2012. Cyber Security Policy Guidebook. Hoboken, NJ, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Habib, G. (ed.). 2016. Infective Endocarditis: Epidemiology, Diagnosis, Imaging, Therapy, and Prevention. Cham, Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Bird, D.W. 2016. Catalan Political Modernism: The Case of Gabriel Alomar i Villalonga (1873–1941) and Modernism on the Periphery. In: Goldwyn, A. J. & Silverman, R. M. (eds) Mediterranean Modernism: Intercultural Exchange and Aesthetic Development. New York, NY, Palgrave Macmillan US, 97–122.

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
Taub, B. 2016. Our Brains Are Naturally Prejudiced Against Minorities, Study Finds. 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. 1997. Domestic Aviation: Barriers Continue to Limit Competition. Washington, DC, U.S. Government Printing Office, T-RCED-98-32.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Mardakhanian, A. 2015. Blended CME, Inc. A Business Plan. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach.

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
Cowen, T. 2015. In an Uber World, Fortune Favors the Freelancer. New York Times, BU6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Watzman 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Watzman 2003; Schorlemmer & Wiemer 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Schorlemmer & Wiemer 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Blosser et al. 2009)

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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