How to format your references using the Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies. 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
Dessler AE. A determination of the cloud feedback from climate variations over the past decade. Science. 2010;330:1523–1527.
A journal article with 2 authors
Butler S, Harrowell P. Factors determining crystal--liquid coexistence under shear. Nature. 2002;415:1008–1011.
A journal article with 3 authors
Cossairt BM, Diawara M-C, Cummins CC. Facile synthesis of AsP3. Science. 2009;323:602.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Astakhov SA, Burbanks AD, Wiggins S, et al. Chaos-assisted capture of irregular moons. Nature. 2003;423:264–267.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Otto M. Chemometrics. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA; 2016.
An edited book
Plüss C, Chan K-B, editors. Living Intersections: Transnational Migrant Identifications in Asia. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
Edwards D, Deed C, Edwards A. Learning in Technologically-Mediated Spaces in Open-Plan Settings. In: Prain V, Cox P, Deed C, et al., editors. Adapting to Teaching and Learning in Open-Plan Schools. Rotterdam: SensePublishers; 2014. p. 79–93.

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 Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies.

Blog post
Andrew E. It’s Not Just Hype – 3D Printing Is The Bridge To The Future [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2015 [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from:


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. Highway Public-Private Partnerships: More Rigorous Up-Front Analysis Could Better Secure Potential Benefits and Protect the Public Interest. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2008. Report No.: GAO-08-1149R. .

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Ganji VG. Exploring the application of haptic feedback guidance for port crane modernization [Doctoral dissertation]. [Long Beach, CA]: California State University, Long Beach; 2013.

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
Pilon M. Slugger’s Penalty Includes a Walk Through History. New York Times. 2012 Nov 8;B11.

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 titleIsotopes in Environmental and Health Studies
AbbreviationIsotopes Environ. Health Stud.
ISSN (print)1025-6016
ISSN (online)1477-2639
ScopeInorganic Chemistry
General Environmental Science
Environmental Chemistry

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