How to format your references using the Geological Society, London, Special Publications citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Geological Society, London, Special Publications. 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
Bowerman, B. 2008. Cell signaling. Wnt moves beyond the canon. Science (New York, N.Y.), 320, 327–328.
A journal article with 2 authors
Belloc, E. and Méndez, R. 2008. A deadenylation negative feedback mechanism governs meiotic metaphase arrest. Nature, 452, 1017–1021.
A journal article with 3 authors
Basch, M.L., Bronner-Fraser, M. and García-Castro, M.I. 2006. Specification of the neural crest occurs during gastrulation and requires Pax7. Nature, 441, 218–222.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Zelhof, A.C., Hardy, R.W., Becker, A. and Zuker, C.S. 2006. Transforming the architecture of compound eyes. Nature, 443, 696–699.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lütolf-Carroll, C., Antti Pirnes and Withers LLP. 2009. From Innovation to Cash Flows.
An edited book
Shpak, A.P. and Gorbyk, P.P. (eds). 2010. Nanomaterials and Supramolecular Structures: Physics, Chemistry, and Applications.
A chapter in an edited book
Davison, C., de Franchis, R. and Iannuzzi, F. 2014. Procedure for Small Bowel Video Capsule Endoscopy. In: Keuchel, M., Hagenmüller, F. and Tajiri, H. (eds) Video Capsule Endoscopy: A Reference Guide and Atlas. 21–30.

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 Geological Society, London, Special Publications.

Blog post
O`Callaghan, J. 2017. AI Can Now ‘Draw’ Humans - And It’s Absolutely Horrifying. 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. 2002. Technology Transfer: NNSA Did Not Implement the Technology Infrastructure Pilot Program. GAO-02-708R.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Necaise, K.W. 2012. Effects of Soybean-Derived Phytoestrogens on Reproductive Tract Development in Neonatal Male and Female Pigs: Animal Model for the Human Infant. Doctoral dissertation, Mississippi State 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
Saslow, L. 2006. Replacing Yellow Buses, With Green in Mind. New York Times, 14LI2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bowerman 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Belloc and Méndez 2008; Bowerman 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Belloc and Méndez 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Zelhof et al. 2006)

About the journal

Full journal titleGeological Society, London, Special Publications
AbbreviationGeol. Soc. Spec. Publ.
ISSN (print)0305-8719
ISSN (online)2041-4927
Ocean Engineering
Water Science and Technology

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