How to format your references using the Environment International citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Environment International. 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
Pagel, M., 2008. Rise of the digital machine. Nature 452, 699.
A journal article with 2 authors
Pruszynski, J.A., Diedrichsen, J., 2015. Neuroscience. Reading the mind to move the body. Science 348, 860–861.
A journal article with 3 authors
Veenstra, G.J., Weeks, D.L., Wolffe, A.P., 2000. Distinct roles for TBP and TBP-like factor in early embryonic gene transcription in Xenopus. Science 290, 2312–2315.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Reddy, K.L., Zullo, J.M., Bertolino, E., Singh, H., 2008. Transcriptional repression mediated by repositioning of genes to the nuclear lamina. Nature 452, 243–247.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Law, H., 2013. The Psychology of Coaching, Mentoring and Learning. John Wiley & Sons, Oxford.
An edited book
Setola, R., Geretshuber, S. (Eds.), 2009. Critical Information Infrastructure Security: Third International Workshop, CRITIS 2008, Rome, Italy, October13-15, 2008. Revised Papers, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
O’Donoghue, T., Harford, J., 2016. Secondary School Education in Schools of the Irish Christian Brothers in Ireland, 1922–1962, in: Harford, J. (Ed.), Secondary School Education in Ireland: History, Memories and Life Stories, 1922–1967. Palgrave Macmillan UK, London, pp. 55–86.

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 Environment International.

Blog post
Hale, T., 2015. This Millenia-Old Tree Is Undergoing A Sex Change [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, 2013. Information Technology: Additional Executive Review Sessions Needed to Address Troubled Projects (No. GAO-13-524). 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
Johnson, D.M., 2015. Prison nursery programs: Measuring society’s perceptions and support (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
Vecsey, G., 2011. Once a Fill-In Keeper, Now a Winning Scorer. New York Times D1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Pagel, 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Pagel, 2008; Pruszynski and Diedrichsen, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Pruszynski and Diedrichsen, 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Reddy et al., 2008)

About the journal

Full journal titleEnvironment International
AbbreviationEnviron. Int.
ISSN (print)0160-4120
ScopeGeneral Environmental Science

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