How to format your references using the Regional Environmental Change citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Regional Environmental Change. 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
Jokipii JR (2007) Planetary science. A local wiggle in the turbulent interstellar magnetic field. Science 316:839–840
A journal article with 2 authors
Chenn A, Walsh CA (2002) Regulation of cerebral cortical size by control of cell cycle exit in neural precursors. Science 297:365–369
A journal article with 3 authors
Palikaras K, Lionaki E, Tavernarakis N (2015) Coordination of mitophagy and mitochondrial biogenesis during ageing in C. elegans. Nature 521:525–528
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Zheng H, Liu Y, Cao F, et al (2013) Electron beam-assisted healing of nanopores in magnesium alloys. Sci Rep 3:1920

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hoffmann W (2014) The Economic Competitiveness of Renewable Energy. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Elmakias D (ed) (2008) New Computational Methods in Power System Reliability. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Peña A, Sossa H, Gutiérrez A (2005) Knowledge and Reasoning Supported by Cognitive Maps. In: Gelbukh A, Albornoz Á de, Terashima-Marín H (eds) MICAI 2005: Advances in Artificial Intelligence: 4th Mexican International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Monterrey, Mexico, November 14-18, 2005. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 41–50

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 Regional Environmental Change.

Blog post
Andrew E (2015) Eight Hours Is Enough – More Sleep Could Lead To An Early Grave. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/eight-hours-enough-more-sleep-could-lead-early-grave/. Accessed 30 Oct 2018

Reports

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 (2004) Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures: Airport and Airway Trust Fund Excise Taxes. 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
Gomes S (2010) The Lanterman-Petris-Short Act and the effects of deinstitutionalization on the mentally ill. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Yablonsky L (2008) The Hebrew School. New York Times M280

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Jokipii 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Chenn and Walsh 2002; Jokipii 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Chenn and Walsh 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Zheng et al. 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleRegional Environmental Change
AbbreviationReg. Environ. Change
ISSN (print)1436-3798
ISSN (online)1436-378X
ScopeGlobal and Planetary Change

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