How to format your references using the Geochemical Perspectives Letters citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Geochemical Perspectives Letters. 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
Willyard, C. (2011) Imaging: Seeing is believing. Nature 480, S52-3.
A journal article with 2 authors
Stelter, P., Ulrich, H.D. (2003) Control of spontaneous and damage-induced mutagenesis by SUMO and ubiquitin conjugation. Nature 425, 188–191.
A journal article with 3 authors
Tylianakis, J.M., Tscharntke, T., Lewis, O.T. (2007) Habitat modification alters the structure of tropical host-parasitoid food webs. Nature 445, 202–205.
A journal article with 10 or more authors
Lee, D., Kim, D., Kim, J., Moon, J. (2014) Characterizing nano-scale electrocatalysis during partial oxidation of methane. Scientific reports 4, 3937.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Furmston, M. (2008) Powell-Smith & Furmston’s Building Contract Casebook. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK.
An edited book
Jiang, Q. (2009) Stream Data Processing: A Quality of Service Perspective: Modeling, Scheduling, Load Shedding, and Complex Event Processing. Springer US, Boston, MA.
A chapter in an edited book
Chang, D., Yung, M., Sung, J., Hong, S., Lee, S. (2007) Preimage Attack on the Parallel FFT-Hashing Function. In: Pieprzyk, J., Ghodosi, H., Dawson, E. (eds) Information Security and Privacy: 12th Australasian Conference, ACISP 2007, Townsville, Australia, July 2-4, 2007. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 59–67.

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 Geochemical Perspectives Letters.

Blog post
O`Callaghan, J. (2016) An Astronaut Just Ran The London Marathon In Space. IFLScience. IFLScience.

Reports

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 (2007) Aviation Security: Risk, Experience, and Customer Concerns Drive Changes to Airline Passenger Screening Procedures, but Evaluation and Documentation of Proposed Changes Could Be Improved. 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
Ramotar-John, B.P. (2014) Supplementing soybean meal with Camelina (Camelina sativa) in tilapia diets and optimizing commercial tilapia diets for use in intensive systems in the Western region of the United States. Doctoral dissertation, Tucson, AZ, University of Arizona.

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
Kelly, D.A. (2005) Fun if by Land and Fun if by Sea. New York Times, 21 August, page 512.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Willyard, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Stelter and Ulrich, 2003; Willyard, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Stelter and Ulrich, 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Lee et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleGeochemical Perspectives Letters
ISSN (print)2410-339X
ISSN (online)2410-3403
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