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
Cassman, M., 2005. Barriers to progress in systems biology. Nature 438, 1079.
A journal article with 2 authors
Li, J., Cheng, J.-X., 2014. Direct visualization of de novo lipogenesis in single living cells. Sci. Rep. 4, 6807.
A journal article with 3 authors
Field, J., Cronin, A., Bridge, C., 2006. Future fitness and helping in social queues. Nature 441, 214–217.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Schneider, T., Kruse, T., Wimmer, R., Wiedemann, I., Sass, V., Pag, U., Jansen, A., Nielsen, A.K., Mygind, P.H., Raventós, D.S., Neve, S., Ravn, B., Bonvin, A.M.J.J., De Maria, L., Andersen, A.S., Gammelgaard, L.K., Sahl, H.-G., Kristensen, H.-H., 2010. Plectasin, a fungal defensin, targets the bacterial cell wall precursor Lipid II. Science 328, 1168–1172.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lui, S.H., 2011. Numerical Analysis of Partial Differential Equations. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Ramtal, D., 2011. The Essential Guide to Physics for Flash Games, Animation, and Simulations. Apress, Berkeley, CA.
A chapter in an edited book
Brassard, G., Raymond-Robichaud, P., 2013. Can Free Will Emerge from Determinism in Quantum Theory?, in: Suarez, A., Adams, P. (Eds.), Is Science Compatible with Free Will?: Exploring Free Will and Consciousness in the Light of Quantum Physics and Neuroscience. Springer, New York, NY, pp. 41–61.

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. China Will Launch The World’s First Quantum Satellite This July [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, 1993. Transition From School to Work: States Are Developing New Strategies to Prepare Students for Jobs (No. HRD-93-139). 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
Johnson, J.M., 2013. Service learning: Providing the building blocks for a socially responsible nursing role (Doctoral dissertation). Capella University, Minneapolis, MN.

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
Bray, C., de la MERCED, M.J., 2017. QVC and Home Shopping Network to Join Forces in $2.1 Billion Merger. New York Times B4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Cassman, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Cassman, 2005; Li and Cheng, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Li and Cheng, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Schneider et al., 2010)

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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