How to format your references using the IATSS Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IATSS Research. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
P. Ball, Let’s catch some rays, Nature. 419 (2002) 12–14.
A journal article with 2 authors
D.H. Chitwood, M.C.P. Timmermans, Small RNAs are on the move, Nature. 467 (2010) 415–419.
A journal article with 3 authors
E.M. Friis, K.R. Pedersen, P.R. Crane, Fossil evidence of water lilies (Nymphaeales) in the Early Cretaceous, Nature. 410 (2001) 357–360.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
H. Niikura, F. Légaré, R. Hasbani, M.Y. Ivanov, D.M. Villeneuve, P.B. Corkum, Probing molecular dynamics with attosecond resolution using correlated wave packet pairs, Nature. 421 (2003) 826–829.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
V.V. Tikhomirov, Hydrogeochemistry Fundamentals and Advances, John Wiley &;#38; Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2016.
An edited book
V. Petkov, ed., Space, Time, and Spacetime: Physical and Philosophical Implications of Minkowski’s Unification of Space and Time, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
V. Lemaire, C. Salperwyck, A. Bondu, A Survey on Supervised Classification on Data Streams, in: E. Zimányi, R.-D. Kutsche (Eds.), Business Intelligence: 4th European Summer School, EBISS 2014, Berlin, Germany, July 6-11, 2014, Tutorial Lectures, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015: pp. 88–125.

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 IATSS Research.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Hurricane Forecast Accuracy Is Improving, But Don’t Overly Focus On The Skinny Black Line, IFLScience. (2015). (accessed October 30, 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, Tax Systems Modernization: Imaging System’s Performance Improving but Still Falls Short of Expectations, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1997.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
B. Meaux, Effect of Formation Deformation on Casing Standoff in Highly Deviated and Horizontal Wells, Doctoral dissertation, University of Louisiana, 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
K. Belson, M. Pilon, Marathon Organizers Offer Refund or Future Race, New York Times. (2012) B18.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleIATSS Research
ISSN (print)0386-1112
ScopeGeneral Engineering
Safety Research
Urban Studies

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