How to format your references using the Remote Sensing of Environment citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Remote Sensing of Environment. 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
Holmes, K.V., 2005. Structural biology. Adaptation of SARS coronavirus to humans. Science 309, 1822–1823.
A journal article with 2 authors
Keefe, A.D., Szostak, J.W., 2001. Functional proteins from a random-sequence library. Nature 410, 715–718.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sakuno, T., Tada, K., Watanabe, Y., 2009. Kinetochore geometry defined by cohesion within the centromere. Nature 458, 852–858.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Torchinsky, M.B., Garaude, J., Martin, A.P., Blander, J.M., 2009. Innate immune recognition of infected apoptotic cells directs T(H)17 cell differentiation. Nature 458, 78–82.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Daïan, J.-F., 2014. Equilibrium and Transfer in Porous Media 1. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Priami, C., Back, R.-J., Petre, I. (Eds.), 2009. Transactions on Computational Systems Biology XI, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Derksen, J.J., 2007. The Lattice-Boltzmann Method for Multiphase Fluid Flow Simulations and Euler-Lagrange Large-Eddy Simulations, in: Marchisio, D.L., Fox, R.O. (Eds.), Multiphase Reacting Flows: Modelling and Simulation, CISM International Centre for Mechanical Sciences. Springer, Vienna, pp. 181–228.

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 of Environment.

Blog post
Andrews, R., 2016. The US Army Is Developing “Dragon Silk” Body Armor Using Genetically Engineered Silkworms [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. Status of Office of Education’s National Direct Student Loan Funds at Selected Postsecondary Education Institutions (No. HRD-78-94). 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
Packer-Kinlaw, D., 2012. Anxious journeys: Past, present, and construction of identity in American travel writing (Doctoral dissertation). University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD.

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
Ferré-Sadurní, L., 2017. 18 Shuttered Catholic Churches May Soon Be Up for Sale. New York Times A21.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Holmes, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Holmes, 2005; Keefe and Szostak, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Keefe and Szostak, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Torchinsky et al., 2009)

About the journal

Full journal titleRemote Sensing of Environment
AbbreviationRemote Sens. Environ.
ISSN (print)0034-4257
ScopeSoil Science
Computers in Earth Sciences

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