How to format your references using the Journal of Environmental Radioactivity citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Environmental Radioactivity. 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
Christensen, U.R., 2006. A deep dynamo generating Mercury’s magnetic field. Nature 444, 1056–1058.
A journal article with 2 authors
Harrisingh, M.C., Nitabach, M.N., 2008. Circadian rhythms. Integrating circadian timekeeping with cellular physiology. Science 320, 879–880.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ye, F., Burns, M.J., Naughton, M.J., 2014. Structured metal thin film as an asymmetric color filter: the forward and reverse plasmonic halos. Sci. Rep. 4, 7267.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Parlati, F., McNew, J.A., Fukuda, R., Miller, R., Söllner, T.H., Rothman, J.E., 2000. Topological restriction of SNARE-dependent membrane fusion. Nature 407, 194–198.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Thompson, A.K., 2014. Fruit and Vegetables. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Siddiqui, M.W., Ayala Zavala, J.F., Hwang, C.-A. (andy) (Eds.), 2016. Postharvest Management Approaches for Maintaining Quality of Fresh Produce, 1st ed. 2016. ed. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Pedersen, B.K., 2012. Physical Activity and Pregnancy, in: Ovesen, P.G., Møller Jensen, D. (Eds.), Maternal Obesity and Pregnancy. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 63–74.

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 Environmental Radioactivity.

Blog post
Davis, J., 2017. The Only Way To Prevent The Great Barrier Reef From Dying Is To Stop Climate Change [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 2005. Amtrak: Management and Accountability Issues Contribute to Unprofitability of Food and Beverage Service (No. GAO-05-761T). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Poudel, S.R., 2017. Models and Algorithms to Solve a Reliable and Congested Biomass Supply Chain Network Designing Problem under Uncertainty (Doctoral dissertation). Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS.

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
Gregory Mankiw, N., 2015. A Slippery New Rule for Gauging Fiscal Policy. New York Times BU7.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Christensen, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Christensen, 2006; Harrisingh and Nitabach, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Harrisingh and Nitabach, 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Parlati et al., 2000)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Environmental Radioactivity
AbbreviationJ. Environ. Radioact.
ISSN (print)0265-931X
ScopeEnvironmental Chemistry
Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
Waste Management and Disposal
General Medicine

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