How to format your references using the Meteoritics & Planetary Science citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Meteoritics & Planetary Science. 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
Fratzl P. 2012. Materials science. A composite matter of alignment. Science (New York, N.Y.) 335:177–178.
A journal article with 2 authors
Cemma M., and Brumell J. H. 2013. Immunology. Bacterial escape artists set afire. Science (New York, N.Y.) 339:912–913.
A journal article with 3 authors
Tilman D., Hill J., and Lehman C. 2006. Carbon-negative biofuels from low-input high-diversity grassland biomass. Science (New York, N.Y.) 314:1598–1600.
A journal article with 10 or more authors
Straight A. F., Cheung A., Limouze J., Chen I., Westwood N. J., Sellers J. R., and Mitchison T. J. 2003. Dissecting temporal and spatial control of cytokinesis with a myosin II Inhibitor. Science (New York, N.Y.) 299:1743–1747.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gramß T., Bornholdt S., Groß M., Mitchell M., and Pellizzari T. 2005. Non-Standard Computation, Weinheim, FRG: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Bris R., Majernik J., Pancerz K., and Zaitseva E., eds. 2016. Applications of Computational Intelligence in Biomedical Technology, Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Eschmeier J. 2014. On the Maximal Ideal Space of a Sarason-Type Algebra on the Unit Ball. In The Corona Problem: Connections Between Operator Theory, Function Theory, and Geometry, edited by Douglas R. G., Krantz S. G., Sawyer E. T., Treil S., and Wick B. D. New York, NY: Springer. pp. 69–83.

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 Meteoritics & Planetary Science.

Blog post
Andrew E. 2015. Watch A Rocket’s-Eye View Of Being Launched Into Space. IFLScience. (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. 1982. CETA Programs for Disadvantaged Adults: What Do We Know About Their Enrollees, Services, and Effectiveness, Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Collins K. 2014. Learning to live in the layers: Traveling soul’s way through poetry. Doctoral dissertation, Carpinteria, CA: Pacifica Graduate Institute.

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
Lee L. 2013. Art You Can Live With. New York Times, October 24.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Fratzl 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Cemma and Brumell 2013; Fratzl 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Cemma and Brumell 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Straight et al. 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleMeteoritics & Planetary Science
AbbreviationMeteorit. Planet. Sci.
ISSN (print)1086-9379
ISSN (online)1945-5100
Space and Planetary Science

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