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
Jaeglé, L. 2007. “Atmospheric science. Pumping up surface air.” Science, 315 (5813): 772–773.
A journal article with 2 authors
Pearce, T. M., and D. W. Moran. 2012. “Strategy-dependent encoding of planned arm movements in the dorsal premotor cortex.” Science, 337 (6097): 984–988.
A journal article with 3 authors
Zhang, J., H. Lu, and L. Huang. 2014. “Calciphytoliths (calcium oxalate crystals) analysis for the identification of decayed tea plants (Camellia sinensis L.).” Sci. Rep., 4: 6703.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Junttila, M. R., A. N. Karnezis, D. Garcia, F. Madriles, R. M. Kortlever, F. Rostker, L. Brown Swigart, D. M. Pham, Y. Seo, G. I. Evan, and C. P. Martins. 2010. “Selective activation of p53-mediated tumour suppression in high-grade tumours.” Nature, 468 (7323): 567–571.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Dacey, J. S., L. B. Fiore, and S. Brion-Meisels. 2016. Your Child’s Social and Emotional Well-Being. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Kuzmanić, I. 2015. Reliability and Availability of Quality Control Based on Wavelet Computer Vision. SpringerBriefs in Electrical and Computer Engineering, (I. Vujović, ed.). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Komorowski, T., C. Landim, and S. Olla. 2012. “The Simple Exclusion Process.” Fluctuations in Markov Processes: Time Symmetry and Martingale Approximation, Grundlehren der mathematischen Wissenschaften, C. Landim and S. Olla, eds., 155–197. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

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. “Mediterranean Diet Linked With A Lower Risk Of Breast Cancer.” 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. 1976. Procedures and Policies of the Energy Research and Development Administration. 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
Carey, S. A. 2013. “Assessing the presence of antibiotic-resistant Enterococcus in reclaimed water used for spray irrigation.” Doctoral dissertation. College Park, MD: University of Maryland, College Park.

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
Gustines, G. G. 2015. “Black Mask Plans YouTube Comics Channels and Animated Movies.” New York Times, March 9, 2015.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Jaeglé 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Jaeglé 2007; Pearce and Moran 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Pearce and Moran 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Junttila et al. 2010)

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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