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
Miyamoto, K., 2014. Structural model of ubiquitin transfer onto an artificial RING finger as an E3 ligase. Sci. Rep. 4, 6574.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kidder, S.Q., Vonder Haar, T.H., 2010. Atmospheric science. Observing weather from space. Science 327, 1085–1086.
A journal article with 3 authors
Thomas, A.M., Nadeau, R.M., Bürgmann, R., 2009. Tremor-tide correlations and near-lithostatic pore pressure on the deep San Andreas fault. Nature 462, 1048–1051.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Rajakulendran, T., Sahmi, M., Lefrançois, M., Sicheri, F., Therrien, M., 2009. A dimerization-dependent mechanism drives RAF catalytic activation. Nature 461, 542–545.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Law, H., 2013. The Psychology of Coaching, Mentoring and Learning. John Wiley & Sons, Oxford.
An edited book
Oris, M., Roberts, C., Joye, D., Ernst Stähli, M. (Eds.), 2016. Surveying Human Vulnerabilities across the Life Course, Life Course Research and Social Policies. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Kondo, K., 2009. Liquid Embolic Agents, in: Kessel, D., Ray, C. (Eds.), Transcatheter Embolization and Therapy. Springer, London, pp. 51–59.

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
Andrew, E., 2015. Don’t Fall For The Deep-Sea Scaremongers – Wild Fishing Is Healthy And Sustainable [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, 2014. Public Transit: Federal and Transit Agencies Taking Steps to Build Transit Systems’ Resilience but Face Challenges (No. GAO-15-159). 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
Garishe, S.S., 2017. Protocol for file sharing in mobile ad hoc networks (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
Alcindor, Y., 2016. Trump Rallies White Crowd in Wisconsin for the Police. 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 (Miyamoto, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Kidder and Vonder Haar, 2010; Miyamoto, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Kidder and Vonder Haar, 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Rajakulendran 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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