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
Collins, J.J., 2009. Journal club. A bioengineer gets schooled by Escherichia coli. Nature 460, 155.
A journal article with 2 authors
Griffith, S.C., Montgomerie, R., 2003. Evolutionary biology: Why do birds engage in extra-pair copulation? Nature 422, 833; discussion 833-4.
A journal article with 3 authors
Brown, C.D., Johnson, D.S., Sidow, A., 2007. Functional architecture and evolution of transcriptional elements that drive gene coexpression. Science 317, 1557–1560.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Ryan, P.G., Bloomer, P., Moloney, C.L., Grant, T.J., Delport, W., 2007. Ecological speciation in South Atlantic island finches. Science 315, 1420–1423.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Pick, J.B., 2012. Geo-Business GIS in the Digital Organization. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Dan, M.B., Přikryl, R., Török, Á. (Eds.), 2010. Materials, Technologies and Practice in Historic Heritage Structures. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Davidson, R., Schneider, P.J., Muthukumar, S., 2008. Perspectives on Development and Current Applications for Catastrophe Planning, in: Bostrom, A., French, S., Gottlieb, S. (Eds.), Risk Assessment, Modeling and Decision Support: Strategic Directions, Risk, Governance and Society. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 117–133.

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
Hale, T., 2015. Orphaned Chimp Is Adopted By A Pregnant Female In An “Unheard Of” Act [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, 1973. Payments by DOD for Contractors’ Independent Research and Development and Bid and Proposal Costs (No. B-167034). 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
Vatankhah, I., 2017. Purification of Industrial Grade Urea for diesel exhaust pollution reduction (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
Williams, J., 2017. Podcast Therapy. New York Times BR4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Collins, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Collins, 2009; Griffith and Montgomerie, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Griffith and Montgomerie, 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Ryan et al., 2007)

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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