How to format your references using the Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology. 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
Dalton R (2000) International science council names first female president. Nature 403:582
A journal article with 2 authors
Nesbit J, Bradford M (2007) 2007 visualization challenge. Science 317:1857
A journal article with 3 authors
Bastos-Aristizabal S, Kozlov G, Gehring K (2014) Structure of the substrate-binding b’ domain of the Protein Disulfide Isomerase-Like protein of the Testis. Sci Rep 4:4464
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Bacaj T, Tevlin M, Lu Y, Shaham S (2008) Glia are essential for sensory organ function in C. elegans. Science 322:744–747

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Heimann RB (2010) Classic and Advanced Ceramics. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany
An edited book
Leung H, Chandra Mukhopadhyay S (eds) (2015) Intelligent Environmental Sensing. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Knauth S, Kaufmann L, Jost C, et al (2012) The iLoc Ultrasound Indoor Localization System at the EvAAL 2011 Competition. In: Chessa S, Knauth S (eds) Evaluating AAL Systems Through Competitive Benchmarking. Indoor Localization and Tracking: International Competition, EvAAL 2011, Competition in Valencia, Spain, July 25-29, 2011, and Final Workshop in Lecce, Italy, September 26, 2011. Revised Selected Papers. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 52–64

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 Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology.

Blog post
Andrew E (2015) What Is A Neutron Star? In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/space/what-neutron-star/. Accessed 30 Oct 2018

Reports

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 (1990) Special Education: Estimates of Handicapped Indian Preschoolers and Sufficiency of Services. 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
Nevitt DS (2017) Organic Geochemical Proxies as Indicators of Paleoenvironmental Conditions and Source Sediment Provenance in the Chenier Plain, Vermilion and Cameron Parishes, Louisiana, USA. Doctoral dissertation, University of Louisiana

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
Brantley B (2016) Exploring the Silence After the War. New York Times C2

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Dalton 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Dalton 2000; Nesbit and Bradford 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Nesbit and Bradford 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Bacaj et al. 2008)

About the journal

Full journal titleContributions to Mineralogy and Petrology
AbbreviationContrib. Mineral. Petrol.
ISSN (print)0010-7999
ISSN (online)1432-0967
ScopeGeochemistry and Petrology
Geophysics

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