How to format your references using the Geochemical Transactions citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Geochemical Transactions. 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
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Lindley D (2001) Questions of direction. Nature 410:305
A journal article with 2 authors
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Higgins MJ, Graham SJH (2009) Intellectual property. Balancing innovation and access: patent challenges tip the scales. Science 326:370–371
A journal article with 3 authors
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El-Ali J, Sorger PK, Jensen KF (2006) Cells on chips. Nature 442:403–411
A journal article with 5 or more authors
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Ceol CJ, Houvras Y, Jane-Valbuena J, et al (2011) The histone methyltransferase SETDB1 is recurrently amplified in melanoma and accelerates its onset. Nature 471:513–517

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
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Dunnivant FM, Anders E (2005) A Basic Introduction to Pollutant Fate and Transport. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
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Williams K (2011) Crossroads: History of Science, History of Art: Essays by David Speiser, vol. II. Springer, Basel
A chapter in an edited book
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Barbosa L, Portilho F, Wilkinson J, Dubeux V (2013) Youth, Consumption and Citizenship. In: Schrader U, Fricke V, Doyle D, Thoresen VW (eds) Enabling Responsible Living. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 47–60

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 Transactions.

Blog post
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O`Callaghan J (2017) Why Was A Leap Second Added To 2016? In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/space/why-was-a-leap-second-added-to-2016/. Accessed 30 Oct 2018

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
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Government Accountability Office (1990) Supplemental Student Loans: Legislative Changes Have Sharply Reduced Loan Volume. 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
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Boylan M (2010) Acute physiological resonses to yoga activity in a hot environment. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
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St. John Kelly E (1998) A Life Spent In the Past, Of a Fashion. New York Times 147

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 titleGeochemical Transactions
AbbreviationGeochem. Trans.
ISSN (online)1467-4866
ScopeGeochemistry and Petrology

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