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
Wong, G., 2004. Recruiters and industry. Get a foot in the door. Nature 431, 1128.
A journal article with 2 authors
Galán, J.E., Wolf-Watz, H., 2006. Protein delivery into eukaryotic cells by type III secretion machines. Nature 444, 567–573.
A journal article with 3 authors
Betschinger, J., Mechtler, K., Knoblich, J.A., 2003. The Par complex directs asymmetric cell division by phosphorylating the cytoskeletal protein Lgl. Nature 422, 326–330.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Biondi, E.G., Reisinger, S.J., Skerker, J.M., Arif, M., Perchuk, B.S., Ryan, K.R., Laub, M.T., 2006. Regulation of the bacterial cell cycle by an integrated genetic circuit. Nature 444, 899–904.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wilson, G.P., 2011. Managing to the New Regulatory Reality. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Jacko, J.A. (Ed.), 2011. Human-Computer Interaction. Users and Applications: 14th International Conference, HCI International 2011, Orlando, FL, USA, July 9-14, 2011, Proceedings, Part IV, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Patil, G.P., Gore, S.D., Taillie*, C., 2011. Estimating Prevalence of a Trait, in: Gore, S.D., Taillie, C. (Eds.), Composite Sampling: A Novel Method to Accomplish Observational Economy in Environmental Studies. Springer US, Boston, MA, pp. 81–86.

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. Man Claims He’s Going To Put On A Snake-Proof Suit And Let An Anaconda Swallow Him On Camera [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).

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, 2010. Federal Transit Programs: Federal Transit Administration Has Opportunities to Improve Performance Accountability (No. GAO-11-54). 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
Martinez Abadia, J.M., 2014. French for Spanish speakers: A contrastive study of English monolingual, bilingual, and plurilingual adult learners of French (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, 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
Hodgman, J., 2016. Bonus Advice From Judge John Hodgman. New York Times MM38.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wong, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Galán and Wolf-Watz, 2006; Wong, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Galán and Wolf-Watz, 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Biondi et al., 2006)

About the journal

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

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