How to format your references using the Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture. 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
Mandavilli, A. (2005). The coming epidemic. Nature, 436(7050), 496–498.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hector, A., & Bagchi, R. (2007). Biodiversity and ecosystem multifunctionality. Nature, 448(7150), 188–190.
A journal article with 3 authors
Riolo, R. L., Cohen, M. D., & Axelrod, R. (2001). Evolution of cooperation without reciprocity. Nature, 414(6862), 441–443.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Frisch, U., Matarrese, S., Mohayaee, R., & Sobolevski, A. (2002). A reconstruction of the initial conditions of the universe by optimal mass transportation. Nature, 417(6886), 260–262.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bar-Eli, M., Plessner, H., & Raab, M. (2011). Judgement, Decision Making and Success in Sport. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Zhu, Q., Alpcan, T., Panaousis, E., Tambe, M., & Casey, W. (Eds.). (2016). Decision and Game Theory for Security: 7th International Conference, GameSec 2016, New York, NY, USA, November 2-4, 2016, Proceedings. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Becucci, S. (2008). New Players in an Old Game: The Sex Market in Italy. In D. Siegel & H. Nelen (Eds.), Organized Crime: Culture, Markets and Policies (pp. 57–69). New York, NY: Springer.

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 Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture.

Blog post
Carpineti, A. (2015, November 9). New Study Explains The Mystery Of The Moon’s Formation. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from IFLScience website:


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. (2008). Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures: Fiscal Year 2008 Highway Trust Fund Excise Taxes (No. GAO-09-91R). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Williams, A. P. (2012). Reentry of Substance Abusing Female Ex-Offenders from Prison to an Urban Community (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Kishkovsky, S. (2003, June 17). Yevgeny Kolobov, 57; Founded an Opera Theater. New York Times, p. A25.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Mandavilli, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Hector & Bagchi, 2007; Mandavilli, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Hector & Bagchi, 2007)
  • Three authors: (Riolo, Cohen, & Axelrod, 2001)
  • 6 or more authors: (Frisch, Matarrese, Mohayaee, & Sobolevski, 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleEnvironmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture
ISSN (print)1752-4032
ISSN (online)1752-4040
ScopeEnvironmental Science (miscellaneous)
Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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