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
Wright J (2013) Epigenetics: reversible tags. Nature 498:S10-1
A journal article with 2 authors
Trent JM, Touchman JW (2007) Cancer. The gene topography of cancer. Science 318:1079–1080
A journal article with 3 authors
Dickinson DJ, Nelson WJ, Weis WI (2011) A polarized epithelium organized by beta- and alpha-catenin predates cadherin and metazoan origins. Science 331:1336–1339
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Park WI, Kim Y, Jeong JW, et al (2013) Host-guest self-assembly in block copolymer blends. Sci Rep 3:3190

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ibe OC (2013) Elements of Random Walk and Diffusion Processes. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Beretta S, Berkofsky A, Rugge F (eds) (2014) Italy and Japan: How Similar Are They?: A Comparative Analysis of Politics, Economics, and International Relations. Springer, Milano
A chapter in an edited book
Raffman D (2011) Vagueness and Observationality. In: Ronzitti G (ed) Vagueness: A Guide. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp 107–121

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
O`Callaghan J (2017) NASA Debuts New Planet Imager To Look At Worlds Around Other Stars. 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 (1978) Establishment of a Central Focal Point for Telecommunications Matters. 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
Horta G (2013) The potential of the Eurozone crisis to mobilize extreme right support in Spain, Portugal, and Italy. Doctoral dissertation, University of North Carolina

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
Saslow L (2006) Study to Help Coordinate Transportation Solutions. New York Times 14LI2

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wright 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Trent and Touchman 2007; Wright 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Trent and Touchman 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Park et al. 2013)

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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