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
Klemperer, W., 2001. Astronomy. The complex story of H2. Science (New York, N.Y.) 293, 815–816.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ransohoff, R.M., Cardona, A.E., 2010. The myeloid cells of the central nervous system parenchyma. Nature 468, 253–262.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ding, Y.S., Chan, C.T., Wang, R.P., 2013. Optical waves in a gradient negative-index lens of a half-infinite length. Scientific reports 3, 2954.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Hashimoto, A., Suenaga, K., Gloter, A., Urita, K., Iijima, S., 2004. Direct evidence for atomic defects in graphene layers. Nature 430, 870–873.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Coutts, J., 2013. Loft Conversions. Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford.
An edited book
Vadász, P. (Ed.), 2008. Emerging Topics in Heat and Mass Transfer in Porous Media: From Bioengineering and Microelectronics to Nanotechnology, Theory and Applications of Transport in Porous Media. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Alsaileek, A.A., Tajik, J.A., 2009. Principles of Hemodynamic Assessment, in: Nihoyannopoulos, P., Kisslo, J. (Eds.), Echocardiography. Springer, London, pp. 63–78.

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
Hale, T., 2016. More Than 80 Percent Of The World’s City-Dwellers Breath Poor Quality Air [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, 1998. Civil Agencies Information Systems Issue Area: Active Assignments (No. AA-98-29(3)). 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
Dillard, C., 2017. Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) and Implementation Science (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
Poniewozik, J., 2017. A Tabloid Murder Tale of Little Suspense. New York Times C6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Klemperer, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Klemperer, 2001; Ransohoff and Cardona, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Ransohoff and Cardona, 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Hashimoto et al., 2004)

About the journal

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

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