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
Botstein D (2011) Genome-sequencing anniversary. Fruits of genome sequences for biology. Science 331:1025
A journal article with 2 authors
Thrall PH, Burdon JJ (2003) Evolution of virulence in a plant host-pathogen metapopulation. Science 299:1735–1737
A journal article with 3 authors
Ramu Y, Xu Y, Lu Z (2006) Enzymatic activation of voltage-gated potassium channels. Nature 442:696–699
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Nielsen MA, Dowling MR, Gu M, Doherty AC (2006) Quantum computation as geometry. Science 311:1133–1135

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bullock J (2017) Wireshark® for Security Professionals. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana
An edited book
Judd CM (2008) Beginning Groovy and Grails: From Novice to Professional. Apress, Berkeley, CA
A chapter in an edited book
Sato S, Andersen SU (2014) Genome Sequencing. In: Tabata S, Stougaard J (eds) The Lotus japonicus Genome. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 35–40

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
Taub B (2016) This Is What Smoking Does To Your DNA. 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 (2000) Federal Communications Commission: Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 2000. 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
Robles S (2013) Transient over-voltages generated by solar photovoltaic inverters. 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
Barnard A (2016) Wary of Russian Guarantees, Residents Are Staying Put in Aleppo. 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 (Botstein 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Thrall and Burdon 2003; Botstein 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Thrall and Burdon 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Nielsen et al. 2006)

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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