How to format your references using the Journal of Historical Geography citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Historical Geography. 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
M.E. Raichle, Neuroscience. The brain’s dark energy, Science. 314 (2006) 1249–1250.
A journal article with 2 authors
M.H. Conte, J.C. Weber, Plant biomarkers in aerosols record isotopic discrimination of terrestrial photosynthesis, Nature. 417 (2002) 639–641.
A journal article with 3 authors
S. AbdAlla, H. Lother, U. Quitterer, AT1-receptor heterodimers show enhanced G-protein activation and altered receptor sequestration, Nature. 407 (2000) 94–98.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Y. Akahane, T. Asano, B.-S. Song, S. Noda, High-Q photonic nanocavity in a two-dimensional photonic crystal, Nature. 425 (2003) 944–947.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
D.M. Chance, Essays in Derivatives, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2008.
An edited book
P. Kotzé, W. Wong, J. Jorge, A. Dix, P.A. Silva, eds., Creativity and HCI: From Experience to Design in Education, Springer US, Boston, MA, 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
J. Fischer, Nothing to Talk About, in: U.J. Frey, C. Störmer, K.P. Willführ (Eds.), Homo Novus – A Human Without Illusions, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010: pp. 35–48.

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 Historical Geography.

Blog post
R. Andrews, Researcher Uses CRISPR To Edit DNA Of Healthy Human Embryos In Controversial World First, IFLScience. (2016). (accessed October 30, 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, Financial Management: Federal Aviation Administration Lacked Accountability for Major Assets, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1998.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
M.T. Hebbard, A Depositional Analysis of the Reeves Sand in Beauregard and Allen Parishes, Louisiana, Doctoral dissertation, University of Louisiana, 2015.

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
K. Bennhold, S. Erlanger, C. Yeginsu, Britain on Edge As Terror Alert Hits Top Level, New York Times. (2017) A1.

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 Historical Geography
ISSN (print)0305-7488

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