How to format your references using the Marine Systems & Ocean Technology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Marine Systems & Ocean Technology. 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. M. J. van der Leij, Science 334, 1220 (2011).
A journal article with 2 authors
1. C. Koch and R. C. Reid, Nature 483, 397 (2012).
A journal article with 3 authors
1. J. C. Friedland, M. H. Lee, and D. Boettiger, Science 323, 642 (2009).
A journal article with 4 or more authors
1. Y. A. Vlasov, X. Z. Bo, J. C. Sturm, and D. J. Norris, Nature 414, 289 (2001).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. W. Caferro, Contesting the Renaissance (Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK, 2010).
An edited book
1. M. B. Chancellor and A. C. Diokno, editors , The Underactive Bladder, 1st ed. 2016 (Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016).
A chapter in an edited book
1. G. Piaia, in Models of the History of Philosophy: Volume II: From Cartesian Age to Brucker, edited by G. Santinello and G. Piaia (Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2011), pp. 213–297.

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 Marine Systems & Ocean Technology.

Blog post
1. B. Taub, IFLScience (2016).


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, Army Accounting Adjustments--Aviation Systems Command (U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1992).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. K. Betts, Ready, Steady, Putt! An Exhibition About the History of Miniature Golf in America, Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, 2017.

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. M. E. O’connell, New York Times A27 (2013).

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 titleMarine Systems & Ocean Technology
ISSN (print)1679-396X
ISSN (online)2199-4749

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