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
Halliwell B. Plasma antioxidants: health benefits of eating chocolate? Nature. 2003;426:787; discussion 788.
A journal article with 2 authors
Anderson RGW, Jacobson K. A role for lipid shells in targeting proteins to caveolae, rafts, and other lipid domains. Science. 2002;296:1821–1825.
A journal article with 3 authors
Rankenburg K, Brandon AD, Neal CR. Neodymium isotope evidence for a chondritic composition of the Moon. Science. 2006;312:1369–1372.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Numata T, Ikeuchi Y, Fukai S, et al. Snapshots of tRNA sulphuration via an adenylated intermediate. Nature. 2006;442:419–424.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Katsilambros N, Kanaka-Gantenbein C, Liatis S, et al. Diabetic Emergencies. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell; 2011.
An edited book
Zgurovsky MZ. Evolution Inclusions and Variation Inequalities for Earth Data Processing I: Operator Inclusions and Variation Inequalities for Earth Data Processing. Mel’nik VS, Kasyanov PO, editors. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
Ajwani D, Meyerhenke H. Chapter 5. Realistic Computer Models. In: Müller-Hannemann M, Schirra S, editors. Algorithm Engineering: Bridging the Gap between Algorithm Theory and Practice. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2010. p. 194–236.

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
O`Callaghan J. Scientists In Germany Just Switched On The World’s Largest “Artificial Sun.” IFLScience. IFLScience; 2017.


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. Air Pollution: FAA’s Reliance on Manufacturers for Jet Engine Emission Testing. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1994. Report No.: RCED-94-99. .

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Cox TM. Is the Procurement Integrity Act “Important” Enough for the Mandatory Disclosure Rule?: A Look at the Procurement Integrity Act and the Case for its Inclusion in the Mandatory Disclosure Rule [Doctoral dissertation]. [Washington, DC]: George Washington University; 2010.

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
McAULEY J. The Artists and Their Alley. New York Times. 2016 Sep 22;M2178.

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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