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
P. Smaglik, Central stations, Nature. 433 (2005) 439.
A journal article with 2 authors
Y. Lin, Z. Zhang, Mean first-passage time for maximal-entropy random walks in complex networks, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 5365.
A journal article with 3 authors
S.K. Petersen-Mahrt, R.S. Harris, M.S. Neuberger, AID mutates E. coli suggesting a DNA deamination mechanism for antibody diversification, Nature. 418 (2002) 99–103.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
J.R. Gordon, M.H. Goodman, M.F. Potter, K.F. Haynes, Population variation in and selection for resistance to pyrethroid-neonicotinoid insecticides in the bed bug, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 3836.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J. Liu, X. Dong, X. Chen, X. Tong, X. Zhang, S. Xu, Fault Location and Service Restoration for Electrical Distribution Systems, John Wiley & Sons Singapore Pte. Ltd, Singapore, 2016.
An edited book
A. Kashyap, Bioinformatics of Non Small Cell Lung Cancer and the Ras Proto-Oncogene, Springer, Singapore, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
M.K. Kalra, Dual-Source CT: Practical Aspects of Techniques and Applications, in: M.K. Kalra, S. Saini, G.D. Rubin (Eds.), MDCT: From Protocols to Practice, Springer, Milano, 2008: pp. 42–51.

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
E. Andrew, MAVEN Days Away From Reaching Mars, IFLScience. (2014). (accessed October 30, 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, Continuing Educational Programs for Scientists and Engineers, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1978.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
A.J. Kalafut, Proactive cyberfraud detection through infrastructure analysis, Doctoral dissertation, Indiana University, 2010.

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
K. Crow, A New 92nd Street Y? Almost, New York Times. (2002) 144.

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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