How to format your references using the Geochronometria citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Geochronometria. 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
Halliwell B, 2003, Plasma antioxidants: health benefits of eating chocolate? Nature 426(6968): 787; discussion 788.
A journal article with 2 authors
He X-L and Garcia KC, 2004, Structure of nerve growth factor complexed with the shared neurotrophin receptor p75. Science (New York, N.Y.) 304(5672): 870–875.
A journal article with 3 authors
Barta A, Dorner S and Polacek N, 2001, Mechanism of ribosomal peptide bond formation. Science (New York, N.Y.) 291(5502): 203.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Bermudez V V, Capron N, Gase T, Gatti FG, Kajzar F, Leigh DA, Zerbetto F and Zhang S, 2000, Influencing intramolecular motion with an alternating electric field. Nature 406(6796): 608–611.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gelbaum BR, 1995, Modern Real and Complex Analysis. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Nakamura H, Isobe A, Minobe S, Mitsudera H, Nonaka M and Suga T (eds), 2016, “Hot Spots” in the Climate System: New Developments in the Extratropical Ocean-Atmosphere Interaction Research. Springer Japan: Tokyo.
A chapter in an edited book
Shaikh SH, Saeed K and Chaki N, 2014, Moving Object Detection: A New Approach. In: Saeed K and Chaki N (eds) Moving Object Detection Using Background Subtraction. Springer International Publishing: Cham, 25–48.

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 Geochronometria.

Blog post
Hamilton K, 2017, Black Holes Are Even Stranger Than You Can Imagine. IFLScience. IFLScience.


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, Aviation and the Environment: Initial Voluntary Airport Low Emissions Program Projects Reduce Emissions, and FAA Plans to Assess the Program’s Overall Performance as Participation Increases. 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
Prophete KS, 2013, How race, gender, and Pell status affect the persistence and degree attainment rates of dual enrollment students. Doctoral dissertation, Boca Raton, FL, Florida Atlantic University.

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
Nir SM and Barron J, 2017, Relief and Trepidation as Ride-Hailing Services Become Legal Across New York. New York Times, 4 July, page A18.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Halliwell, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Halliwell, 2003; He and Garcia, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (He and Garcia, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Bermudez et al., 2000)

About the journal

Full journal titleGeochronometria
ISSN (print)1733-8387
ISSN (online)1897-1695
ScopeEarth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)

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