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
Lichten M (2015) Molecular biology. Putting the breaks on meiosis. Science 350:913
A journal article with 2 authors
Daily GC, Walker BH (2000) Seeking the great transition. Nature 403:243–245
A journal article with 3 authors
Pyenson ND, Irmis RB, Lipps JH (2010) Comment on “Climate, critters, and cetaceans: Cenozoic drivers of the evolution of modern whales.” Science 330:178; author reply 178
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Xu X, Graeff R, Xie Q, et al (2009) Comment on “The Arabidopsis circadian clock incorporates a cADPR-based feedback loop.” Science 326:230; author reply 230

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lu J, Zhao X, Yamada S (2016) Harmonic Balance Finite Element Method. John Wiley & Sons Singapore Pte. Ltd, Singapore
An edited book
Heilmann C (2007) Web Development Solutions: Ajax, APIs, Libraries, and Hosted Services Made Easy. Apress, Berkeley, CA
A chapter in an edited book
Wang Y, Wang H, Li J, Gao H (2016) Efficient Influence Maximization in Weighted Independent Cascade Model. In: Navathe SB, Wu W, Shekhar S, et al. (eds) Database Systems for Advanced Applications: 21st International Conference, DASFAA 2016, Dallas, TX, USA, April 16-19, 2016, Proceedings, Part II. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 49–64

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
Luntz S (2015) How Do Parasitic Birds Learn To Be Like Their Biological Parents? 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 (1975) Opportunities for Improving Computer Use in the Bureau of the Mint. 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
Greene AE (2012) An Inquiry into Workplace Incivility: Perceptions of Working Graduate Students. Doctoral dissertation, Lindenwood University

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
Hodgman J (2017) Bonus Advice From Judge John Hodgman. New York Times MM22

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lichten 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Daily and Walker 2000; Lichten 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Daily and Walker 2000)
  • Three or more authors: (Xu et al. 2009)

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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