How to format your references using the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management. 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
Patek, S. N. 2001. “Spiny lobsters stick and slip to make sound.” Nature, 411 (6834): 153–154.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sherkow, J. S., and H. T. Greely. 2013. “Genomics. What if extinction is not forever?” Science, 340 (6128): 32–33.
A journal article with 3 authors
Djuranovic, S., A. Nahvi, and R. Green. 2012. “miRNA-mediated gene silencing by translational repression followed by mRNA deadenylation and decay.” Science, 336 (6078): 237–240.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Chendrimada, T. P., R. I. Gregory, E. Kumaraswamy, J. Norman, N. Cooch, K. Nishikura, and R. Shiekhattar. 2005. “TRBP recruits the Dicer complex to Ago2 for microRNA processing and gene silencing.” Nature, 436 (7051): 740–744.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kuehni, R. G. 2004. Color. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Parab, J. S. 2008. Practical Aspects of Embedded System Design using Microcontrollers. (S. A. Shinde, V. G. Shelake, R. K. Kamat, and G. M. Naik, eds.). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Keeling, L., A. Evans, B. Forkman, and U. Kjaernes. 2013. “Welfare Quality® principles and criteria.” Improving farm animal welfare: Science and society working together: the Welfare Quality approach, H. Blokhuis, M. Miele, I. Veissier, and B. Jones, eds., 91–114. Wageningen: Wageningen Academic Publishers.

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 Water Resources Planning and Management.

Blog post
Andrew, E. 2015. “Night Sky Puts On A Meteor Shower To Celebrate Rosetta’s Closest Approach To The Sun.” IFLScience. IFLScience. 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. 2006. Abstinence Education: Efforts to Assess the Accuracy and Effectiveness of Federally Funded Programs. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Mace, J. Y. 2014. “Rupturing the ‘reality’ of reality TV: Contemporary video artists examining the discursive effects of the reality TV phenomenon.” Doctoral dissertation. Long Beach, CA: California State University, Long Beach.

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
Hollander, S. 2009. “On the Street of Superlatives.” New York Times, May 10, 2009.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Patek 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Patek 2001; Sherkow and Greely 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Sherkow and Greely 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Chendrimada et al. 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Water Resources Planning and Management
ISSN (print)0733-9496
ISSN (online)1943-5452
ScopeCivil and Structural Engineering
Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Water Science and Technology
Geography, Planning and Development

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