How to format your references using the Geoderma Regional citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Geoderma Regional. 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
Shatz, C.J., 2013. David Hunter Hubel (1926-2013). Nature 502, 625.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kreitzer, A.C., Malenka, R.C., 2007. Endocannabinoid-mediated rescue of striatal LTD and motor deficits in Parkinson’s disease models. Nature 445, 643–647.
A journal article with 3 authors
Shen, Y., Knoll, A.H., Walter, M.R., 2003. Evidence for low sulphate and anoxia in a mid-Proterozoic marine basin. Nature 423, 632–635.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Liu, Z., Pagani, M., Zinniker, D., Deconto, R., Huber, M., Brinkhuis, H., Shah, S.R., Leckie, R.M., Pearson, A., 2009. Global cooling during the eocene-oligocene climate transition. Science 323, 1187–1190.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Campbell, A.K., 2014. Intracellular Calcium. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Erkan, D., Pierangeli, S.S. (Eds.), 2012. Antiphospholipid Syndrome: Insights and Highlights from the 13th International Congress on Antiphospholipid Antibodies. Springer US, Boston, MA.
A chapter in an edited book
Pickering, R., Eason, K., 2016. Imperative Programming, in: Eason, K. (Ed.), Beginning F# 4.0. Apress, Berkeley, CA, pp. 65–91.

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 Geoderma Regional.

Blog post
Evans, K., 2017. New York Gives Go Ahead To Build Largest Offshore Wind Farm In The US [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1980. Need To Ensure Nondiscrimination in CETA Programs (No. HRD-80-75). 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
Whitesides, V.J., 2017. The Large Ensemble/European Classical Music Paradigm and African American-Originated Dance-Musicking: A Dispositival Analysis of U.S. Secondary Music Education (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Hollander, S., 2000. Kaukenas’s Magical Night Means Romp for Seton Hall. New York Times 84.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Shatz, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Kreitzer and Malenka, 2007; Shatz, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Kreitzer and Malenka, 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Liu et al., 2009)

About the journal

Full journal titleGeoderma Regional
ISSN (print)2352-0094
ScopeSoil Science

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