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
Lee R, 2011, The outlook for population growth. Science (New York, N.Y.) 333(6042): 569–573.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wiersma DS and Cavalieri S, 2001, Light emission: A temperature-tunable random laser. Nature 414(6865): 708–709.
A journal article with 3 authors
Babu MM, Kriwacki RW and Pappu RV, 2012, Structural biology. Versatility from protein disorder. Science (New York, N.Y.) 337(6101): 1460–1461.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Woodward J, Orr M, Cordray K and Greenbaum E, 2000, Enzymatic production of biohydrogen. Nature 405(6790): 1014–1015.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kramer H, 2013, Angewandte Baudynamik. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA: Weinheim, Germany.
An edited book
Scholl HJ, Janssen M, Wimmer MA, Moe CE and Flak LS (eds), 2012, Electronic Government: 11th IFIP WG 8.5 International Conference, EGOV 2012, Kristiansand, Norway, September 3-6, 2012. Proceedings. Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Minarovits J, 2006, Epigenotypes of Latent Herpesvirus Genomes. In: Doerfler W and Böhm P (eds) DNA Methylation: Development, Genetic Disease and Cancer. Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 61–80.

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
Hale T, 2016, NASA’s Solar Observatory Does A Corkscrew Spin And Gets Some Amazing Images. 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, Data Center Consolidation: Agencies Need to Complete Inventories and Plans to Achieve Expected Savings. 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
Jin H, 2014, Periodic Motions and Bifurcation Tree in a Periodically Excited Duffing Oscillator with Time-delay. Doctoral dissertation, Edwardsville, IL, Southern Illinois 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
Buckley C, 2013, In the Shadow of Towers. New York Times, 20 December, page A26.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lee, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Lee, 2011; Wiersma and Cavalieri, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Wiersma and Cavalieri, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Woodward 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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