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
Schubert C (2011) Single-cell analysis: The deepest differences. Nature 480:133–137
A journal article with 2 authors
Cheung AY, Wu H M (2001) Plant biology. Pollen tube guidance--right on target. Science 293:1441–1442
A journal article with 3 authors
Ciosk R, DePalma M, Priess JR (2006) Translational regulators maintain totipotency in the Caenorhabditis elegans germline. Science 311:851–853
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Laakso JM, Lewis JH, Shuman H, Ostap EM (2008) Myosin I can act as a molecular force sensor. Science 321:133–136

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Aït-Kadi D, Chouinard M, Marcotte S, Riopel D (2012) Sustainable Reverse Logistics Network. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Nova I, Tronconi E (eds) (2014) Urea-SCR Technology for deNOx After Treatment of Diesel Exhausts. Springer, New York, NY
A chapter in an edited book
Hosseini H, Ulieru M (2012) Leveraging Domain Knowledge to Learn Normative Behavior: A Bayesian Approach. In: Vrancx P, Knudson M, Grześ M (eds) Adaptive and Learning Agents: International Workshop, ALA 2011, Held at AAMAS 2011, Taipei, Taiwan, May 2, 2011, Revised Selected Papers. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 70–84

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) A Monkey Has Survived For A Record Period Of Time With A Pig’s Heart. 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 (1986) University Funding: Assessing Federal Funding Mechanisms for University Research. 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
Olson BA (2012) Problem Management: A System Engineering Management Framework. Doctoral dissertation, George Washington 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
St. John Kelly E (1994) Groups Trace Soldiers’ Footsteps. New York Times 514

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Schubert 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Cheung and Wu H 2001; Schubert 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Cheung and Wu H 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Laakso et al. 2008)

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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