How to format your references using the Pacific Science Review citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Pacific Science Review. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
J. Chambers, Planetary science: A chronometer for Earth’s age, Nature. 508 (2014) 51–52.
A journal article with 2 authors
C. Carbone, J.L. Gittleman, A common rule for the scaling of carnivore density, Science. 295 (2002) 2273–2276.
A journal article with 3 authors
J.G. Ruby, C.H. Jan, D.P. Bartel, Intronic microRNA precursors that bypass Drosha processing, Nature. 448 (2007) 83–86.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
C. Oh, S. Park, E.K. Lee, Y.J. Yoo, Downregulation of ubiquitin level via knockdown of polyubiquitin gene Ubb as potential cancer therapeutic intervention, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 2623.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
H. Bachmann, A. Steinle, V. Hahn, Bauen mit Betonfertigteilen im Hochbau, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany, 2010.
An edited book
A.M.T. Elewa, ed., Migration of Organisms: Climate Geography Ecology, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2005.
A chapter in an edited book
M.G. Pucciarelli, H. Bierne, F.G. Portillo, The Cell Wall of Listeria monocytogenes and its Role in Pathogenicity, in: H. Goldfine, H. Shen (Eds.), Listeria Monocytogenes: Pathogenesis and Host Response, Springer US, Boston, MA, 2007: pp. 81–110.

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 Pacific Science Review.

Blog post
B. Taub, Hunters Of South Africa’s “Canned Lions” Can No Longer Bring Their Trophies Into The US, IFLScience. (2016). (accessed October 30, 2018).


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, Weather Service Modernization: Despite Progress, Significant Problems and Risks Remain, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1995.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
D. Kulavuz-Onal, English Language Teachers’ Learning to Teach with Technology through Participation in an Online Community of Practice: A Netnography of Webheads in Action, Doctoral dissertation, University of South Florida, 2013.

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
S. Hollander, Missed Opportunities Are the Liberty’s Downfall, New York Times. (2000) D5.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titlePacific Science Review
AbbreviationPac. Sci. Rev.
ISSN (print)1229-5450

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