How to format your references using the Journal of Applied Remote Sensing citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Applied Remote Sensing. 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
R. Cole-Turner, “Genome-sequencing anniversary. What defines us?,” Science 331(6017), 548 (2011).
A journal article with 2 authors
J. L. Smith and D. H. Sherman, “Biochemistry. An enzyme assembly line,” Science 321(5894), 1304–1305 (2008).
A journal article with 3 authors
Y. S. Polikanov, G. M. Blaha, and T. A. Steitz, “How hibernation factors RMF, HPF, and YfiA turn off protein synthesis,” Science 336(6083), 915–918 (2012).
A journal article with 4 or more authors
O. A. Ogunseitan et al., “Science and regulation. The electronics revolution: from e-wonderland to e-wasteland,” Science 326(5953), 670–671 (2009).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
A. M. King, Internal Control of Fixed Assets, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ (2011).
An edited book
C. Fernandez-Maloigne, Ed., Advanced Color Image Processing and Analysis, Springer, New York, NY (2013).
A chapter in an edited book
S. Ba and X. Yang, “The Impossible Trinity,” in “Internet Plus” Pathways to the Transformation of China’s Property Sector, X. Yang, Ed., pp. 51–59, Springer, Singapore (2016).

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 Journal of Applied Remote Sensing.

Blog post
J. Davis, “People Living Near Busy Roads Found To Have Higher Rates Of Dementia,” IFLScience, 5 January 2017, <> (accessed 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, “Federal Agencies’ Maintenance of Computer Programs: Expensive and Undermanaged,” AFMD-81-25, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (1981).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
N. R. Fortenbery, “Regulation of Natural Killer Cells: SHIP-1, 2B4, and Immunomodulation by Lenalidomide,” Doctoral dissertation, University of South Florida (2012).

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
M. D. Shear and R. Nixon, “Ban on Travel Will Be Replaced With New Schedule of Targeted Restrictions,” in New York Times, p. A11 (2017).

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

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 titleJournal of Applied Remote Sensing
AbbreviationJ. Appl. Remote Sens.
ISSN (online)1931-3195
ScopeGeneral Earth and Planetary Sciences

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