How to format your references using the Organic Geochemistry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Organic Geochemistry. 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
Erdik, M., 2013. Geophysics. Earthquake risk in Turkey. Science (New York, N.Y.) 341, 724–725.
A journal article with 2 authors
Song, G., Zhang, W., 2014. First-principles study on the phase diagram and multiferroic properties of (SrCoO3)1/(SrTiO3)1 superlattices. Scientific reports 4, 4564.
A journal article with 3 authors
Spiliotis, E.T., Kinoshita, M., Nelson, W.J., 2005. A mitotic septin scaffold required for Mammalian chromosome congression and segregation. Science (New York, N.Y.) 307, 1781–1785.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Kosaka, H., Inagaki, T., Rikitake, Y., Imamura, H., Mitsumori, Y., Edamatsu, K., 2009. Spin state tomography of optically injected electrons in a semiconductor. Nature 457, 702–705.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Tolinski, M., 2011. Plastics and Sustainability. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Henein, M.Y., 2006. Ecocardiografia clinica. Springer, Milano.
A chapter in an edited book
Dinotta, F., Ramoni, S., Donofrio, P., Cusini, M., 2013. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, in: Cusini, M., Donofrio, P., Dinotta, F. (Eds.), Atlas of Male Genital Disorders: A Useful Aid for Clinical Diagnosis. Springer, Milano, pp. 37–49.

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 Organic Geochemistry.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2015. In Praise Of The Humble Fruit Fly, Leading The Way On Cancer Research [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, 2012. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education: Strategic Planning Needed to Better Manage Overlapping Programs across Multiple Agencies (No. GAO-12-108). 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
Mehlinger, S., 2012. Fault Lines (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, 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
Dwyer, J., 2016. Republicans’ Path Recalls a Democratic Disaster at the Garden, in 1924. New York Times A18.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Erdik, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Erdik, 2013; Song and Zhang, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Song and Zhang, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Kosaka et al., 2009)

About the journal

Full journal titleOrganic Geochemistry
AbbreviationOrg. Geochem.
ISSN (print)0146-6380
ScopeGeochemistry and Petrology

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