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
Fischer, D., 2012. Planetary science: early start for rocky planets. Nature 486, 331–332.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kaib, N.A., Quinn, T., 2009. Reassessing the source of long-period comets. Science (New York, N.Y.) 325, 1234–1236.
A journal article with 3 authors
Mace, G.M., Gittleman, J.L., Purvis, A., 2003. Preserving the tree of life. Science (New York, N.Y.) 300, 1707–1709.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Liu, R., Zhang, P., Zhou, Y., Gao, H., Li, F., 2014. Super sub-wavelength patterns in photon coincidence detection. Scientific reports 4, 4068.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Woolf, G., 2011. Tales of the Barbarians. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK.
An edited book
Duncan, S.F.M. (Ed.), 2012. Reoperative Hand Surgery. Springer, New York, NY.
A chapter in an edited book
Glasl, S., Anselm, M., 2008. The Droplet Spectrometer – a measuring concept for detailed precipitation characterization, in: Michaelides, S. (Ed.), Precipitation: Advances in Measurement, Estimation and Prediction. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 83–99.

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
Davis, J., 2017. Surging Testosterone Levels May Cause Market Bubbles [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, 2014. Commercial Space Launches: FAA’s Risk Assessment Process Is Not Yet Updated (No. GAO-14-328T). 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
Williams, V.D., 2014. Leadership behavior practice patterns’ relationship to employee work engagement in a nonprofit that supports the homeless (Doctoral dissertation). Pepperdine University, Malibu, 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
Wagner, J., 2017. Injuries and Ineffectiveness Lead the Mets to ‘Reorganize and Restructure.’ New York Times B10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Fischer, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Kaib and Quinn, 2009; Fischer, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Kaib and Quinn, 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Liu et al., 2014)

About the journal

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

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