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
Schnitzer, M.J., 2002. Biological computation: amazing algorithms. Nature 416, 683.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kimura, S., Yoshioka, K., 2014. Parathyroid hormone and parathyroid hormone type-1 receptor accelerate myocyte differentiation. Scientific reports 4, 5066.
A journal article with 3 authors
Gómez, J.M., Verdú, M., Perfectti, F., 2010. Ecological interactions are evolutionarily conserved across the entire tree of life. Nature 465, 918–921.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
He, W.W., Wu, K.J., Wang, K., Shi, T.F., Wu, L., Li, S.X., Teng, D.Y., Ye, C.H., 2014. Towards stable silicon nanoarray hybrid solar cells. Scientific reports 4, 3715.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Boulanger, J.-L., 2013. Safety Management for Software-based Equipment. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ USA.
An edited book
Gutiérrez-López, G.F., Barbosa-Cánovas, G.V., Welti-Chanes, J., Parada-Arias, E. (Eds.), 2008. Food Engineering: Integrated Approaches, Food Engineering series. Springer, New York, NY.
A chapter in an edited book
Apple, D.F., Brown, C., Hudson, L.M., 2010. The Role of Orthosis in Spinal Injury, in: Patel, V.V., Burger, E., Brown, C.W. (Eds.), Spine Trauma: Surgical Techniques. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 85–93.

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
Taub, B., 2016. This Is What Bronze Age Women Looked Like [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, 1976. FEA Procurement of Automatic Data Processing Services (No. B-178205.52). 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
Ji, J.H., 2010. Near-field characteristics of wall jets with tabs (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
Kanter, J., 2016. E.U. Opens Investigation of French Utility’s Taxes. New York Times B5.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Schnitzer, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Schnitzer, 2002; Kimura and Yoshioka, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Kimura and Yoshioka, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (He et al., 2014)

About the journal

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

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