How to format your references using the Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A. 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
[1] Buratowski, S. Gene expression: transcription initiation unwrapped. Nature 2012, 483(7389), 286–287.
A journal article with 2 authors
[1] State, M.W.; Šestan, N. Neuroscience. The emerging biology of autism spectrum disorders. Science 2012, 337(6100), 1301–1303.
A journal article with 3 authors
[1] Balco, G.; Rovey, C.W., 2nd; Stone, J.O.H. The first glacial maximum in North America. Science 2005, 307(5707), 222.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
[1] Huang, D.T.; Hunt, H.W.; Zhuang, M.; Ohi, M.D.; Holton, J.M.; Schulman, B.A. Basis for a ubiquitin-like protein thioester switch toggling E1-E2 affinity. Nature 2007, 445(7126), 394–398.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
[1] Hill, R.; Solt, G. Engineering Money. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2010.
An edited book
[1] Aggarwal, P.K.; Gat, J.R.; Froehlich, K.F.O. (Eds). Isotopes in the Water Cycle: Past, Present and Future of a Developing Science. Springer Netherlands: Dordrecht, 2005; XVI, 382 p pp.
A chapter in an edited book
[1] Agmon, T.; Sjögre, S. A Macro Perspective on the Unique Role of VC Funds in the Process from Ideas to Growth. In Venture Capital and the Inventive Process: VC Funds for Ideas-Led Growth; Sjögren, S., Ed.Palgrave Macmillan UK: London, 2016; 37–47.

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 Science and Health, Part A.

Blog post
[1] Andrew, E. Astronauts Submerge a GoPro Inside a Floating Ball of Water On The ISS. (accessed Oct. 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
[1] Government Accountability Office. Intercity Passenger Rail: Potential Financial Issues in the Event That Amtrak Undergoes Liquidation. 2002.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
[1] Oakes, A.C. States in Crisis: How Governments Respond to Domestic Unrest. Doctoral dissertation,  2006.

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
[1] Gurley, G. Since 1956, a Sensitive Guy. New York Times. , ST2. 2012.

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 titleJournal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A
AbbreviationJ. Environ. Sci. Health A Tox. Hazard. Subst. Environ. Eng.
ISSN (print)1093-4529
ISSN (online)1532-4117
ScopeEnvironmental Engineering
General Medicine

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