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
Lister, A.M., 2013. The role of behaviour in adaptive morphological evolution of African proboscideans. Nature 500, 331–334.
A journal article with 2 authors
Shapiro, L., Losick, R., 2013. Retrospective. Francois Jacob (1920-2013). Science (New York, N.Y.) 340, 939.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bishop, N.A., Lu, T., Yankner, B.A., 2010. Neural mechanisms of ageing and cognitive decline. Nature 464, 529–535.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Johnsen, A., Andersen, V., Sunding, C., Lifjeld, J.T., 2000. Female bluethroats enhance offspring immunocompetence through extra-pair copulations. Nature 406, 296–299.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bersuker, I.B., 2010. Electronic Structure and Properties of Transition Metal Compounds. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Bourland, C.T., 2010. The Astronaut’s Cookbook: Tales, Recipes, and More. Springer, New York, NY.
A chapter in an edited book
Nilsson, A.E., 2009. A Changing Arctic Climate: Science and Policy in the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, in: Koivurova, T., Keskitalo, E.C.H., Bankes, N. (Eds.), Climate Governance in the Arctic, Environment & Policy. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp. 77–95.

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., 2015. Hydroelectric Dams Drastically Reduce Biodiversity [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, 1985. Automated Support for the Assessment Panel Process (No. 127085). 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
Lamb, B.K., 2015. A Comparison of Carbon Dioxide Emissions at a Roundabout and a Signalized Intersection in a Mid-Sized City (Doctoral dissertation). Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL.

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
Kenigsberg, B., 2017. The Last Shaman. New York Times C5.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lister, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Lister, 2013; Shapiro and Losick, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Shapiro and Losick, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Johnsen et al., 2000)

About the journal

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

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