How to format your references using the Clay Minerals citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Clay Minerals. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Ley, R.E. (2015) The gene-microbe link. Nature, 518, S7.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ferraro, P.J. & Kiss, A. (2002) Ecology. Direct payments to conserve biodiversity. Science (New York, N.Y.), 298, 1718–1719.
A journal article with 3 authors
Chen, C., Bobisch, C.A. & Ho, W. (2009) Visualization of Fermi’s golden rule through imaging of light emission from atomic silver chains. Science (New York, N.Y.), 325, 981–985.
A journal article with 99 or more authors
Höhr, A.I.C., Lindau, C., Wirth, C., Qiu, J., Stroud, D.A., Kutik, S., Guiard, B., Hunte, C., Becker, T., Pfanner, N. & Wiedemann, N. (2018) Membrane protein insertion through a mitochondrial β-barrel gate. Science (New York, N.Y.), 359.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Spatschek, K.-H. (2011) High Temperature Plasmas. P. in.: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany.
An edited book
Levermore, D.M. (2006) Enterprise Collaboration: On-Demand Information Exchange for Extended Enterprises. P. in.: Integrated Series in Information Systems, Springer US, Boston, MA, XIV, 176 p. 46 illus pp.
A chapter in an edited book
Hainsworth, S. (2006) Beat Tracking and Musical Metre Analysis. Pp. 101–129 in: Signal Processing Methods for Music Transcription (A. Klapuri & M. Davy, editors). Springer US, Boston, MA.

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 Clay Minerals.

Blog post
Andrews, R. (2016) Cheetahs Are Tumbling Toward Extinction. IFLScience. IFLScience. <> (30 October 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. (2012) Transportation-Disadvantaged Populations: Federal Coordination Efforts Could Be Further Strengthened. 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
Gutierrez, R. (2017) Providing Hope: A Systematic Development of a Resource Manual for Mental Health Professionals Treating Latino/a Adolescents with Suicidal Ideation. Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.

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
Marx, L. (2015) Going Into Marriage With Eyes Wide Open. New York Times, ST17.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ley, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Ferraro & Kiss, 2002; Ley, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Ferraro & Kiss, 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Höhr et al., 2018)

About the journal

Full journal titleClay Minerals
AbbreviationClay Miner.
ISSN (print)0009-8558
ScopeGeochemistry and Petrology

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