How to format your references using the Remote Sensing citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Remote Sensing. 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
Benton, R. Eppendorf Winner. Evolution and Revolution in Odor Detection. Science 2009, 326, 382–383.
A journal article with 2 authors
Field, J.; Fullagar, R. Archaeology and Australian Megafauna. Science 2001, 294, 7.
A journal article with 3 authors
Coplan, P.M.; Mitchnick, M.; Rosenberg, Z.F. Public Health. Regulatory Challenges in Microbicide Development. Science 2004, 304, 1911–1912.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Gorre, M.E.; Mohammed, M.; Ellwood, K.; Hsu, N.; Paquette, R.; Rao, P.N.; Sawyers, C.L. Clinical Resistance to STI-571 Cancer Therapy Caused by BCR-ABL Gene Mutation or Amplification. Science 2001, 293, 876–880.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lafontaine, E.; Comet, M. Nanothermites; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2016; ISBN 9781119329947.
An edited book
PIP Joint Fracture Dislocations: A Clinical Casebook; Adams, J.E., Ed.; Springer International Publishing: Cham, 2016; ISBN 9783319285771.
A chapter in an edited book
Demopoulos, W. The Neo-Fregean Program in the Philosophy of Arithmetic. In Intuition and the Axiomatic Method; Carson, E., Huber, R., Eds.; The Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science; Springer Netherlands: Dordrecht, 2006; pp. 87–112 ISBN 9781402040399.

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 Remote Sensing.

Blog post
Andrew, E. What Makes One Earth-Like Planet More Habitable Than Another? (accessed on 30 October 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 Special Education: Improved Performance Measures Could Enhance Oversight of Dispute Resolution; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2014;

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Ademiluyi, C.A. Felony Disenfranchisement and How It Contributes to the Black Electorate. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach: Long Beach, CA, 2010.

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
Murphy, M.J.O. Weekend Entertainments From the Archives of The New York Times. New York Times 2015, C27.

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 titleRemote Sensing
AbbreviationRemote Sens. (Basel)
ISSN (online)2072-4292
ScopeGeneral Earth and Planetary Sciences

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