How to format your references using the Process Safety and Environmental Protection citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Process Safety and Environmental Protection. 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
Goudsmit, J., 2014. Retrospective. Joep Lange (1954-2014). Science 345, 881.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hoveyda, A.H., Zhugralin, A.R., 2007. The remarkable metal-catalysed olefin metathesis reaction. Nature 450, 243–251.
A journal article with 3 authors
McElwain, J.C., Wade-Murphy, J., Hesselbo, S.P., 2005. Changes in carbon dioxide during an oceanic anoxic event linked to intrusion into Gondwana coals. Nature 435, 479–482.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Tsuruta, H., Oura, Y., Ebihara, M., Ohara, T., Nakajima, T., 2014. First retrieval of hourly atmospheric radionuclides just after the Fukushima accident by analyzing filter-tapes of operational air pollution monitoring stations. Sci. Rep. 4, 6717.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
McMillan, E.J., 2010. Not-for-Profit Budgeting and Financial Management. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Srikanthan, T., Xue, J., Chang, C.-H. (Eds.), 2005. Advances in Computer Systems Architecture: 10th Asia-Pacific Conference, ACSAC 2005, Singapore, October 24-26, 2005. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Martín-Alcalde, E., Saurí, S., Ng, A.K.Y., 2016. Port-Focal Logistics and the Evolution of Port Regions in a Globalized World, in: Lee, P.T.-W., Cullinane, K. (Eds.), Dynamic Shipping and Port Development in the Globalized Economy: Volume 2: Emerging Trends in Ports. Palgrave Macmillan UK, London, pp. 102–127.

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 Process Safety and Environmental Protection.

Blog post
Bedell-Pearce, H., 2017. Watch The Launch Of A 3D Printed Carbon Fiber Rocket [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, 1978. The Federal Information Processing Standards Program: Many Potential Benefits, Little Progress, and Many Problems (No. FGMSD-78-23). 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
Gonzalez, R., 2010. A mentoring program for Latino foster youth: A grant proposal (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
Hubbard, B., 2016. Saudi Prince Is Executed for Murder. New York Times A9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Goudsmit, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Goudsmit, 2014; Hoveyda and Zhugralin, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Hoveyda and Zhugralin, 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Tsuruta et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleProcess Safety and Environmental Protection
AbbreviationProcess Saf. Environ. Prot.
ISSN (print)0957-5820
ScopeGeneral Chemical Engineering
Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
Environmental Chemistry
Environmental Engineering

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