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
Marte B, 2013, Tumour heterogeneity. Nature 501(7467): 327.
A journal article with 2 authors
Williamson CE and Rose KC, 2010, Environmental science. When UV meets fresh water. Science (New York, N.Y.) 329(5992): 637–639.
A journal article with 3 authors
Pronin SV, Reiher CA and Shenvi RA, 2013, Stereoinversion of tertiary alcohols to tertiary-alkyl isonitriles and amines. Nature 501(7466): 195–199.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Riddell BE, Beamish RJ, Richards LJ and Candy JR, 2008, Comment on “Declining wild salmon populations in relation to parasites from farm salmon.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 322(5909): 1790; author reply 1790.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Simmons M and Dalgleish E, 2006, Corporate Actions. John Wiley & Sons Ltd: Oxford, UK.
An edited book
Makhlouf A, Paal E, Silvestrov SD and Stolin A (eds), 2014, Algebra, Geometry and Mathematical Physics: AGMP, Mulhouse, France, October 2011. Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Asghar W, Billo JA and Iqbal SM, 2011, Solid State Nanopores for Selective Sensing of DNA. In: Iqbal SM and Bashir R (eds) Nanopores: Sensing and Fundamental Biological Interactions. Springer US: Boston, MA, 107–128.

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
Andrew D, 2016, Forget Iron Man: Skintight Suits Are The Future Of Robotic Exoskeletons. 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, 2003, National Airspace System: Reauthorizing FAA Provides Opportunities and Options to Address Challenges. 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
Seymour CR, 2017, Natives Versus Exotics and Grasses Versus Forbs: A Long-Term Study of Vegetation in La Jolla Valley. 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
Pilon M, Eder S and Krupnick M, 2014, In Death of L.I. High School Player, Perils of a Sport Reverberate. New York Times, 2 October, page B10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Marte, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Marte, 2013; Williamson and Rose, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Williamson and Rose, 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Riddell et al., 2008)

About the journal

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

Other styles