How to format your references using the Reviews in Environmental Science and Bio/Technology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Reviews in Environmental Science and Bio/Technology. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Buchanan M (2005) Capturing chaos. Nature 435:281
A journal article with 2 authors
Eames M, Kortemme T (2012) Cost-benefit tradeoffs in engineered lac operons. Science 336:911–915
A journal article with 3 authors
Xie XS, Yu J, Yang WY (2006) Living cells as test tubes. Science 312:228–230
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Allada RK, Navrotsky A, Berbeco HT, Casey WH (2002) Thermochemistry and aqueous solubilities of hydrotalcite-like solids. Science 296:721–723

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Geman H (2015) Agricultural Finance. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Choi S (ed) (2010) Systems Biology for Signaling Networks. Springer, New York, NY
A chapter in an edited book
Duguet E, Treguer-Delapierre M, Delville M-H (2009) Functionalised Inorganic Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications. In: Boisseau P, Houdy P, Lahmani M (eds) Nanoscience: Nanobiotechnology and Nanobiology. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 129–170

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 Reviews in Environmental Science and Bio/Technology.

Blog post
Hale T (2017) A Lost Roman City Has Been Discovered in Southern France. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 2018


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 (2002) District of Columbia: More Details Needed on Plans to Integrate Computer Systems With the Family Court and Use Federal Funds. 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
Elizalde K (2014) Relationship between Latino adolescents and their mental health well-being: A quantitative study. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Cooper M (2017) Putting the Passion of Opera Behind Bars. New York Times C7

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Buchanan 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Buchanan 2005; Eames and Kortemme 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Eames and Kortemme 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Allada et al. 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleReviews in Environmental Science and Bio/Technology
AbbreviationRev. Environ. Sci. Biotechnol.
ISSN (print)1569-1705
ISSN (online)1572-9826
ScopeEnvironmental Engineering
Waste Management and Disposal
Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

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