How to format your references using the Journal of Palaeogeography citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Palaeogeography. 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
Macilwain, C., 2009. World view: Out of service. Nature 462, 846.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bennett, C.H., Shor, P.W., 2004. Computers and mathematics. Quantum channel capacities. Science 303, 1784–1787.
A journal article with 3 authors
Iyengar, V.K., Reeve, H.K., Eisner, T., 2002. Paternal inheritance of a female moth’s mating preference. Nature 419, 830–832.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Hedenström, A., Johansson, L.C., Wolf, M., von Busse, R., Winter, Y., Spedding, G.R., 2007. Bat flight generates complex aerodynamic tracks. Science 316, 894–897.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bonneau, D., Fatu, A., Souchet, D., 2014. Thermo-Hydrodynamic Lubrication in Hydrodynamic Bearings. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Negoita, M.G., Reusch, B. (Eds.), 2005. Real World Applications of Computational Intelligence, Studies in Fuzziness and Soft Computing. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Komorowski, T., Landim, C., Olla, S., 2012. The Simple Exclusion Process, in: Landim, C., Olla, S. (Eds.), Fluctuations in Markov Processes: Time Symmetry and Martingale Approximation, Grundlehren Der Mathematischen Wissenschaften. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 155–197.

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 Palaeogeography.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2016. The Things People Ask About The Scientific Consensus On 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, 1984. NASA’s Requirement for a Single Solid Rocket Refurbishment and Assembly Facility at Kennedy Space Center (No. NSIAD-84-124). 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
Glasgow, H.L., 2015. Design and Selection of Probes for In Vivo Molecular Targeting and Imaging (Doctoral dissertation). University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA.

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
Brantley, B., 2016. An Intergalactic Odyssey via Puppets, Puns and Knock-Knock Jokes. New York Times C2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Macilwain, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Bennett and Shor, 2004; Macilwain, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Bennett and Shor, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Hedenström et al., 2007)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Palaeogeography
ISSN (print)2095-3836

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