How to format your references using the RIBAGUA - Revista Iberoamericana del Agua citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for RIBAGUA - Revista Iberoamericana del Agua. 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
Howard A. Building the bionic woman. Science 2014;346:274.
A journal article with 2 authors
Tran AP, Silver J. Neuroscience. Systemically treating spinal cord injury. Science 2015;348:285–6.
A journal article with 3 authors
Akihiko T, Morioka Y, Behera SK. Role of climate variability in the heatstroke death rates of Kanto region in Japan. Sci Rep 2014;4:5655.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Nefedov IS, Valagiannopoulos CA, Hashemi SM, Nefedov EI. Total absorption in asymmetric hyperbolic media. Sci Rep 2013;3:2662.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Alrifai T. Islamic Finance and the New Financial System. Singapore: John Wiley & Sons Singapore Pte. Ltd; 2015.
An edited book
Evers D, Fuller M, Runehov A, Sæther K-W, editors. Issues in Science and Theology: Do Emotions Shape the World? Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
Attarian HP, Undevia NS. Artifacts. In: Undevia NS, editor. Atlas of Electroencephalography in Sleep Medicine, Boston, MA: Springer US; 2012, p. 69–92.

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 RIBAGUA - Revista Iberoamericana del Agua.

Blog post
O`Callaghan J. This Super-Earth Atmosphere Might Have Massive Implications For The Search For Life. IFLScience 2017.


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. Domestic Aviation: Changes in Airfares, Service, and Safety Since Airline Deregulation. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1996.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Ponder K. Easing Stress by Helping Others: How Corporate Volunteer Programs Impact the Stress of Employees Within an Organization. Doctoral dissertation. Southern Illinois University, 2017.

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
Kelly C. Where the Artists Are the Superheroes. New York Times 2013:BU1.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleRIBAGUA - Revista Iberoamericana del Agua
ISSN (print)2386-3781

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