How to format your references using the Marine and Petroleum Geology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Marine and Petroleum Geology. 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
Taylor, W.R., 2002. A “periodic table” for protein structures. Nature 416, 657–660.
A journal article with 2 authors
Gombosi, T.I., Hansen, K.C., 2005. Saturn’s variable magnetosphere. Science 307, 1224–1226.
A journal article with 3 authors
Torres, M.A., West, A.J., Li, G., 2014. Sulphide oxidation and carbonate dissolution as a source of CO2 over geological timescales. Nature 507, 346–349.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Yoder, C.F., Konopliv, A.S., Yuan, D.N., Standish, E.M., Folkner, W.M., 2003. Fluid core size of Mars from detection of the solar tide. Science 300, 299–303.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Broekaert, J.A.C., 2005. Analytical Atomic Spectrometry with Flames and Plasmas. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG.
An edited book
Conrady, R., Buck, M. (Eds.), 2007. Trends and Issues in Global Tourism 2007. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Cheng, X., 2011. Nuclear Power Development and Severe Accident Research in China, in: Saito, T., Yamashita, J., Oka, Y., Ishiwatari, Y. (Eds.), Advances in Light Water Reactor Technologies. Springer, New York, NY, pp. 143–176.

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 Marine and Petroleum Geology.

Blog post
Luntz, S., 2014. New Theory Could Rewrite Our Understanding Of Volcanoes [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1996. Aviation Security: Urgent Issues Need to Be Addressed (No. T-RCED/NSIAD-96-251). 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
Klooster, E.C.-R., 2010. Identifying differences in student traditionalities of remedial math students, adjusted for efficacy (Doctoral dissertation). University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ.

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
(nyt), S.K., 2005. World Briefing | Europe: Ukraine: Bribery Case Against Acting Premier Is Dropped. New York Times A8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Taylor, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Gombosi and Hansen, 2005; Taylor, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Gombosi and Hansen, 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Yoder et al., 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleMarine and Petroleum Geology
AbbreviationMar. Pet. Geol.
ISSN (print)0264-8172
ScopeEconomic Geology

Other styles