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
Kinder DR, 2006, Politics and the life cycle. Science (New York, N.Y.) 312(5782): 1905–1908.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kaspari M and Weiser MD, 2014, Ecology. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Science (New York, N.Y.) 343(6174): 974–975.
A journal article with 3 authors
Widom CS, Czaja SJ and DuMont KA, 2015, Intergenerational transmission of child abuse and neglect: real or detection bias? Science (New York, N.Y.) 347(6229): 1480–1485.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Buffetaut E, Suteethorn V, Cuny G, Tong H, Le Loeuff J, Khansubha S and Jongautchariyakul S, 2000, The earliest known sauropod dinosaur. Nature 407(6800): 72–74.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ginena K and Hamid A, 2015, Foundations of Sharī‘ah Governance of Islamic Banks. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Peris-Ortiz M and Álvarez-García J (eds), 2014, Action-Based Quality Management: Strategy and Tools for Continuous Improvement. Springer International Publishing: Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Smyth P, 2006, Data-Driven Discovery Using Probabilistic Hidden Variable Models. In: Balcázar JL, Long PM and Stephan F (eds) Algorithmic Learning Theory: 17th International Conference, ALT 2006, Barcelona, Spain, October 7-10, 2006. Proceedings. Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 28–28.

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
Carpineti C, 2012, Watch What Happens When An Octopus Gets In The Way Of A Crab Migration. 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, 1987, Buy America Requirements: Federal Enforcement Questioned in Sacramento Mass Transit Procurement. 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
Alayed RA, 2010, Creating a culture of safety using electronic medical records as a tool. Doctoral dissertation, Long Beach, CA, 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
Barron J, 2016, Museum to Give Lady Liberty’s Crowds More to Do Than Snap Selfies. New York Times, 6 October, page A22.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kinder, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Kaspari and Weiser, 2014; Kinder, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Kaspari and Weiser, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Buffetaut 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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