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
Boyle, E., 2002. Oceanography. Oceanic salt switch. Science (New York, N.Y.) 298, 1724–1725.
A journal article with 2 authors
Boolchand, P., Bresser, W.J., 2001. Mobile silver ions and glass formation in solid electrolytes. Nature 410, 1070–1073.
A journal article with 3 authors
Makovicky, P.J., Apesteguía, S., Agnolín, F.L., 2005. The earliest dromaeosaurid theropod from South America. Nature 437, 1007–1011.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Groppe, J., Greenwald, J., Wiater, E., Rodriguez-Leon, J., Economides, A.N., Kwiatkowski, W., Affolter, M., Vale, W.W., Izpisua Belmonte, J.C., Choe, S., 2002. Structural basis of BMP signalling inhibition by the cystine knot protein Noggin. Nature 420, 636–642.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hong, G., 2015. Causality in a Social World. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Ieda, H. (Ed.), 2010. Sustainable Urban Transport in an Asian Context, cSUR-UT Series: Library for Sustainable Urban Regeneration. Springer Japan, Tokyo.
A chapter in an edited book
Federle, M.P., 2005. Use of Imaging Techniques to Screen for Hepatocellular Carcinoma, in: Carr, B.I. (Ed.), Hepatocellular Cancer: Diagnosis and Treatment, Current Clinical Oncology. Humana Press, Totowa, NJ, pp. 117–140.

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. No, This Survey Does Not Show That How Much Porn Men Watch Is Linked To Sexual Dysfunction [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, 2013. Army Networks: Size and Scope of Modernization Investment Merit Increased Oversight (No. GAO-13-179). 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
Wang, N., 2015. Computational Studies on Biomolecular Diffusion and Electrostatics (Doctoral dissertation). University of California San Diego, La Jolla, 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
Powell, K., 2017. He’s Got It From Here. New York Times M296.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Boyle, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Boolchand and Bresser, 2001; Boyle, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Boolchand and Bresser, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Groppe et al., 2002)

About the journal

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

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