How to format your references using the International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education. 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
Ray, L. B. (2010). Metabolism. Metabolism is not boring. Introduction. Science (New York, N.Y.), 330(6009), 1337.
A journal article with 2 authors
Murry, C. E., & Lee, R. T. (2009). Development biology. Turnover after the fallout. Science (New York, N.Y.), 324(5923), 47–48.
A journal article with 3 authors
Zwaan, M. A., van Dokkum, P. G., & Verheijen, M. A. (2001). Hydrogen 21-centimeter emission from a galaxy at cosmological distance. Science (New York, N.Y.), 293(5536), 1800–1802.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Samatey, F. A., Imada, K., Nagashima, S., Vonderviszt, F., Kumasaka, T., Yamamoto, M., & Namba, K. (2001). Structure of the bacterial flagellar protofilament and implications for a switch for supercoiling. Nature, 410(6826), 331–337.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Johansen, G. A., & Jackson, P. (2005). Radioisotope Gauges for Industrial Process Measurements. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Richards, J. (Ed.). (2010). Mining, Society, and a Sustainable World (first). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Green, T. M., & Fisher, B. (2011). The Personal Equation of Complex Individual Cognition during Visual Interface Interaction. In A. Ebert, A. Dix, N. D. Gershon, & M. Pohl (Eds.), Human Aspects of Visualization: Second IFIP WG 13.7 Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction and Visualization, HCIV (INTERACT) 2009, Uppsala, Sweden, August 24, 2009, Revised Selected Papers (pp. 38–57). Springer.

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 International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, May 27). What’s Next For Tobacco Control? A Smoke-Free Generation. IFLScience; 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. (1976). Assistance Provided for the Construction of Higher Education Academic Facilities (100131). U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Zaegel, B. M. (2012). An Evaluation of the School-wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Check In/Check Out Behavior Education Program [Doctoral dissertation]. Lindenwood 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
Greenhouse, L. (2008, June 20). Justices, in Bias Case, Rule for Older Workers. New York Times, A15.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ray, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Murry & Lee, 2009; Ray, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Murry & Lee, 2009)
  • Three authors: (Zwaan et al., 2001)
  • 6 or more authors: (Samatey et al., 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleInternational Research in Geographical and Environmental Education
AbbreviationInt. Res. Geogr. Environ. Educ.
ISSN (print)1038-2046
ISSN (online)1747-7611
ScopeManagement, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Geography, Planning and Development

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