How to format your references using the Trends in Environmental Analytical Chemistry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Trends in Environmental Analytical Chemistry. 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
S. Naeem, Ecology. Green with complexity, Science. 319 (2008) 913–914.
A journal article with 2 authors
R.R. Reisz, M.M. Smith, Developmental biology. Lungfish dental pattern conserved for 360 Myr, Nature. 411 (2001) 548.
A journal article with 3 authors
R.-P. Chen, K.-H. Chew, S. He, Dynamic control of collapse in a vortex Airy beam, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 1406.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
T.-R. Lee, M. Choi, A.M. Kopacz, S.-H. Yun, W.K. Liu, P. Decuzzi, On the near-wall accumulation of injectable particles in the microcirculation: smaller is not better, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 2079.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R.W. Fitzgerald, B.J. Meacham, Fire Performance Analysis for Buildings, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2017.
An edited book
S.-Y. Ying, ed., Current Perspectives in microRNAs (miRNA), Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
O. Ingrascì, Women in the ‘Ndrangheta: The Serraino-Di Giovine Case, in: G. Fiandaca (Ed.), Women and the Mafia, Springer, New York, NY, 2007: pp. 47–52.

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 Trends in Environmental Analytical Chemistry.

Blog post
R. Andrews, Sweden Won’t Become Carbon-Free If It Ditches Its Nuclear Power, IFLScience. (2016).


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, Bridge Condition Assessment: Inaccurate Data May Cause Inequities in the Apportionment of Federal-Aid Funds, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1988.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
C.M. Lee, Principals’ Understanding of Teacher Evaluations Connected to the Colorado Student Assessment Program, Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix, 2014.

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
B. Rothenberg, Dueling Frenchwomen Show Signs of a Thaw After Their Chilly Match, New York Times. (2017) B8.

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 titleTrends in Environmental Analytical Chemistry
AbbreviationTren. Environ. Anal. Chem.
ISSN (print)2214-1588
ScopeAnalytical Chemistry
Environmental Chemistry

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