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
Huron, D., 2008. Science & music: lost in music. Nature 453, 456–457.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bruick, R.K., McKnight, S.L., 2002. Transcription. Oxygen sensing gets a second wind. Science 295, 807–808.
A journal article with 3 authors
Cheng, Y.-N., Wu, X.-C., Ji, Q., 2004. Triassic marine reptiles gave birth to live young. Nature 432, 383–386.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Adrian, L., Szewzyk, U., Wecke, J., Görisch, H., 2000. Bacterial dehalorespiration with chlorinated benzenes. Nature 408, 580–583.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wing, C., 2012. How Your House Works. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Alaca, A., Alaca, Ş., Williams, K.S. (Eds.), 2015. Advances in the Theory of Numbers: Proceedings of the Thirteenth Conference of the Canadian Number Theory Association, 1st ed. 2015. ed, Fields Institute Communications. Springer, New York, NY.
A chapter in an edited book
Ho, D., 2015. Nanodiamond-Based Chemotherapy and Imaging, in: Mirkin, C.A., Meade, T.J., Petrosko, S.H., Stegh, A.H. (Eds.), Nanotechnology-Based Precision Tools for the Detection and Treatment of Cancer, Cancer Treatment and Research. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 85–102.

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. Volcanic Eruptions On Mars Used To Explode Through Ancient Ice Sheets [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, 1997. Social Security Administration: Internet Access to Personal Earnings and Benefits Information (No. T-AIMD/HEHS-97-123). 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
Whitman, S., 2012. Operational risk and financial institution leaders’ decision making: A quantitative descriptive correlation study (Doctoral dissertation). University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ.

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
(nyt), S.K., 2004. World Briefing | Europe: Russia: Union Says A Million Strike. New York Times A10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Huron, 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Bruick and McKnight, 2002; Huron, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Bruick and McKnight, 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Adrian et al., 2000)

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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