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
Alexander RM, 2007, Biophysics. Antennae as gyroscopes. Science (New York, N.Y.) 315(5813): 771–772.
A journal article with 2 authors
Margueron R and Reinberg D, 2011, The Polycomb complex PRC2 and its mark in life. Nature 469(7330): 343–349.
A journal article with 3 authors
Zehn D, Lee SY and Bevan MJ, 2009, Complete but curtailed T-cell response to very low-affinity antigen. Nature 458(7235): 211–214.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Ling L, Jiafeng J, Jiangang L, Minchong S, Xin H, Hanliang S and Yuanhua D, 2014, Effects of cold plasma treatment on seed germination and seedling growth of soybean. Scientific reports 4: 5859.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Noar J, 2014, Interceptive Orthodontics. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Oxford, UK.
An edited book
El Oualkadi A, Choubani F and El Moussati A (eds), 2016, Proceedings of the Mediterranean Conference on Information & Communication Technologies 2015: MedCT 2015 Volume 2. Springer International Publishing: Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Zentes J, Morschett D and Schramm-Klein H, 2012, Online Retailing and Multichannel Retailing. In: Morschett D and Schramm-Klein H (eds) Strategic Retail Management: Text and International Cases. Gabler Verlag: Wiesbaden, 71–91.

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
Andrews R, 2016, Germany To Reduce Carbon Emissions By 95 Percent by 2050. 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, 2011, Aviation Security: TSA Is Taking Steps to Validate the Science Underlying Its Passenger Behavior Detection Program, but Efforts May Not Be Comprehensive. 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
Garapati SH, 2013, Analytical and Numerical Modeling of Assembly Procedures of Steel Fulcra of Bascule Bridges. Doctoral dissertation, Tampa, FL, University of South Florida.

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
Pilon M, 2012, Games Are Over; Battle Goes On. New York Times, 26 August, page SP4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Alexander, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Alexander, 2007; Margueron and Reinberg, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Margueron and Reinberg, 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Ling et al., 2014)

About the journal

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

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