How to format your references using the Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology. 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
Medlyn, B.E., 2011. Comment on “Drought-induced reduction in global terrestrial net primary production from 2000 through 2009.” Science 333, 1093; author reply 1093.
A journal article with 2 authors
Boehme, C., McCamey, D.R., 2012. Physics. Nuclear-spin quantum memory poised to take the lead. Science 336, 1239–1240.
A journal article with 3 authors
Rockman, H.A., Koch, W.J., Lefkowitz, R.J., 2002. Seven-transmembrane-spanning receptors and heart function. Nature 415, 206–212.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Armond, J.W., Saha, K., Rana, A.A., Oates, C.J., Jaenisch, R., Nicodemi, M., Mukherjee, S., 2014. A stochastic model dissects cell states in biological transition processes. Sci. Rep. 4, 3692.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Edelstein, L.N., Waehler, C.A., 2011. What Do I Say? John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Jankowski, N., Duch, W., Gra̧bczewski, K. (Eds.), 2011. Meta-Learning in Computational Intelligence, Studies in Computational Intelligence. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Douiri, M.R., Cherkaoui, M., 2013. Rotor Time Constant Identification Approaches Based on Back-Propagation Neural Network for Indirect Vector Controlled Induction Machine, in: Papasratorn, B., Charoenkitkarn, N., Vanijja, V., Chongsuphajaisiddhi, V. (Eds.), Advances in Information Technology: 6th International Conference, IAIT 2013, Bangkok, Thailand, December 12-13, 2013. Proceedings, Communications in Computer and Information Science. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 47–57.

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 Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2015. How We Can Break Free From Sexism In Science [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, 1986. The Condition of Information on Education (No. 129118). 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
Nguyen, D.N., 2012. Career decision process of first generation Vietnamese American college students (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
Otis, J., 2016. A Caretaker and Protector Dreams of the ‘Fullest’ Life Possible for Her Sister. New York Times A17.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Medlyn, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Boehme and McCamey, 2012; Medlyn, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Boehme and McCamey, 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Armond et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleReview of Palaeobotany and Palynology
AbbreviationRev. Palaeobot. Palynol.
ISSN (print)0034-6667
ScopeEcology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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