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
Fabbiano, G., 2005. Astronomy. The hunt for intermediate-mass black holes. Science 307, 533–534.
A journal article with 2 authors
Jan, Y.-N., Jan, L., 2008. Retrospective: Seymour Benzer (1921-2007). Science 319, 45.
A journal article with 3 authors
Howes, P.D., Chandrawati, R., Stevens, M.M., 2014. Bionanotechnology. Colloidal nanoparticles as advanced biological sensors. Science 346, 1247390.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Turetsky, A., Kim, E., Kohler, R.H., Miller, M.A., Weissleder, R., 2014. Single cell imaging of Bruton’s tyrosine kinase using an irreversible inhibitor. Sci. Rep. 4, 4782.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Dodson, B., Hammett, P.C., Klerx, R., 2014. Probabilistic Design for Optimization and Robustness for Engineers. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Hutchison, K., McCann, T. (Eds.), 2015. Somebody Knows, Somebody Cares: Reengaging Students through Relationship. SensePublishers, Rotterdam.
A chapter in an edited book
Paull, L., Saeedi G., S., Seto, M., Li, H., 2011. A Multi-agent Framework with MOOS-IvP for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles with Sidescan Sonar Sensors, in: Kamel, M., Karray, F., Gueaieb, W., Khamis, A. (Eds.), Autonomous and Intelligent Systems: Second International Conference, AIS 2011, Burnaby, BC, Canada, June 22-24, 2011. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 41–50.

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
Andrew, E., 2014. Watch The ISS Fly Over Spectacular Aurora [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, 1997. Federal Highway Programs: Status of Federal Highway Programs in the Absence of Reauthorization (No. T-RCED-98-38). 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
Sato, O., 2010. The use of statistical metrics as a decision making tool in brief experimental analysis (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
MacFARQUHAR, N., 2016. Russia’s Government Does Little as H.I.V. Cases Surpass a Million. New York Times A4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Fabbiano, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Fabbiano, 2005; Jan and Jan, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Jan and Jan, 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Turetsky et al., 2014)

About the journal

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

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