How to format your references using the Hydrology and Earth System Sciences citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. 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
Robinson, A.: A century of puzzling, Nature, 453, 990–991, 2008.
A journal article with 2 authors
Cockell, C. S. and Stokes, M. D.: Ecology: widespread colonization by polar hypoliths, Nature, 431, 414, 2004.
A journal article with 3 authors
Nieves, V., Willis, J. K., and Patzert, W. C.: GLOBAL WARMING. Recent hiatus caused by decadal shift in Indo-Pacific heating, Science, 349, 532–535, 2015.
A journal article with 100 or more authors
Striepens, N., Kendrick, K. M., Hanking, V., Landgraf, R., Wüllner, U., Maier, W., and Hurlemann, R.: Elevated cerebrospinal fluid and blood concentrations of oxytocin following its intranasal administration in humans, Sci. Rep., 3, 3440, 2013.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
S. Bagotsky, V., M. Skundin, A., and M. Volfkovich, Y.: Electrochemical Power Sources, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2014.
An edited book
Lundbye, J. B. (Ed.): Therapeutic Hypothermia After Cardiac Arrest: Clinical Application and Management, Springer, London, XVI, 122 p. 27 illus., 18 illus. in color pp., 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
Léon, G.: Cooperative Models for Information Technology Transfer in the Context of Open Innovation, in: Organizational Dynamics of Technology-Based Innovation: Diversifying the Research Agenda: IFIP TC 8 WG 8.6 International Working Conference, June 14–16, Manchester, UK, edited by: McMaster, T., Wastell, D., Ferneley, E., and DeGross, J. I., Springer US, Boston, MA, 43–61, 2007.

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 Hydrology and Earth System Sciences.

Blog post
Facebook’s Algorithms Give It More Editorial Responsibility – Not Less:, last access: 30 October 2018.


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: Education and Employment Issue Area Plan: Fiscal Years 1998-2000, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1998.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Bodenmiller, J. J.: A quantitative relational analysis of leadership style and leader-accountability in nonprofit organizations, Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ, 2015.

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
Cooper, M. and Kourlas, G.: Rockettes’ Big Show For Spring Is Killed, New York Times, 25th October, C1, 2017.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Robinson, 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Robinson, 2008; Cockell and Stokes, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Cockell and Stokes, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Striepens et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleHydrology and Earth System Sciences
AbbreviationHydrol. Earth Syst. Sci.
ISSN (print)1027-5606
ISSN (online)1607-7938

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