How to format your references using the Environmental Sciences Europe citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Environmental Sciences Europe. 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
Zegers R (2005) Schrödinger’s mousetrap. Part 5. Nature 433:689
A journal article with 2 authors
Gravitz L, Pincock S (2014) Sickle-cell disease. Nature 515:S1
A journal article with 3 authors
Mitrovica JX, Gomez N, Clark PU (2009) The sea-level fingerprint of West Antarctic collapse. Science 323:753
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Lifshitz Y, Köhler T, Frauenheim T, et al (2002) The mechanism of diamond nucleation from energetic species. Science 297:1531–1533

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Pollak P (2011) Fine Chemicals. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
García-Valdecasas M, Murillo JI, Barrett NF (2016) Biology and Subjectivity: Philosophical Contributions to Non-reductive Neuroscience. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Chen N, Engelberg R, Nguyen CT, et al (2007) Improved Approximation Algorithms for the Spanning Star Forest Problem. In: Charikar M, Jansen K, Reingold O, Rolim JDP (eds) Approximation, Randomization, and Combinatorial Optimization. Algorithms and Techniques: 10th International Workshop, APPROX 2007, and 11th International Workshop, RANDOM 2007, Princeton, NJ, USA, August 20-22, 2007. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 44–58

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 Sciences Europe.

Blog post
Andrew E (2014) A Tale Of Two Epidemics: Media Reporting On Ebola. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 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 (1992) The Readiness Goal. 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
Barrie DB (2010) On the interaction of wind energy with climate and weather. Doctoral dissertation, University of Maryland, College Park

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
MacFARQUHAR N (2016) Russia, Jailer of Local Separatists, Hosts Foreign Ones. New York Times A6

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1, 2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleEnvironmental Sciences Europe
AbbreviationEnviron. Sci. Eur.
ISSN (print)2190-4707
ISSN (online)2190-4715

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