How to format your references using the Environmental Geochemistry and Health citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Environmental Geochemistry and Health. 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
Zare, R. N. (2006). Chemistry. Resonances in reaction dynamics. Science (New York, N.Y.), 311(5766), 1383–1385.
A journal article with 2 authors
von Storch, H., & Stehr, N. (2000). Climate change in perspective. Nature, 405(6787), 615.
A journal article with 3 authors
Chisari, F. V., Mason, W. S., & Seeger, C. (2014). Virology. Comment on “Specific and nonhepatotoxic degradation of nuclear hepatitis B virus cccDNA.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 344(6189), 1237.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Sigrist, S. J., Thiel, P. R., Reiff, D. F., Lachance, P. E., Lasko, P., & Schuster, C. M. (2000). Postsynaptic translation affects the efficacy and morphology of neuromuscular junctions. Nature, 405(6790), 1062–1065.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Castle, D., Cline, C., Daar, A. S., Tsamis, C., & Singer, P. A. (2006). Science, Society, and the Supermarket. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Tatsien, L. (2009). Global Propagation of Regular Nonlinear Hyperbolic Waves. (W. Libin, Ed.) (1st ed., Vol. 76). Boston, MA: Birkhäuser.
A chapter in an edited book
Wan, K., & Alagar, V. (2008). An Intensional Functional Model of Trust. In Y. Karabulut, J. Mitchell, P. Herrmann, & C. D. Jensen (Eds.), Trust Management II: Proceedings of IFIPTM 2008: Joint iTrust and PST Conferences on Privacy, Trust Management and Security, June 18-20, 2008, Trondheim, Norway (pp. 69–85). Boston, MA: Springer US.

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 Geochemistry and Health.

Blog post
Taub, B. (2016, December 1). Magnetic Stimulation To The Brain Can Make You More Horny. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 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. (1994). Electronic Surveillance: Technologies Continue to Pose Challenges (No. T-AIMD-94-173). 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
Rosie, S. A. (2012). Examining stakeholder perceptions of educational success in the Malagasy public education system (Doctoral dissertation). University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ.

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
Sturm, J. (2017, May 12). On the Move. New York Times, p. BR22.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Zare 2006).
This sentence cites two references (von Storch and Stehr 2000; Zare 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (von Storch and Stehr 2000)
  • Three or more authors: (Sigrist et al. 2000)

About the journal

Full journal titleEnvironmental Geochemistry and Health
AbbreviationEnviron. Geochem. Health
ISSN (print)0269-4042
ISSN (online)1573-2983
ScopeGeochemistry and Petrology
General Environmental Science
Environmental Chemistry
Environmental Engineering
Water Science and Technology
General Medicine

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