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
Estrada-Oyuela R. 2009. Copenhagen needs a strong lead negotiator. Nature 461:1056–1057.
A journal article with 2 authors
Heller R. C., and Marians K. J. 2006. Replication fork reactivation downstream of a blocked nascent leading strand. Nature 439:557–562.
A journal article with 3 authors
Nagao K., Adachi Y., and Yanagida M. 2004. Separase-mediated cleavage of cohesin at interphase is required for DNA repair. Nature 430:1044–1048.
A journal article with 10 or more authors
Hu X., Kang J., Lu K., Zhou R., Mu L., and Zhou Q. 2014. Graphene oxide amplifies the phytotoxicity of arsenic in wheat. Scientific reports 4:6122.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kay R. 2014. Statistical Thinking for Non-Statisticians in Drug Regulation, Oxford: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Mason R., and Pirrone N., eds. 2009. Mercury Fate and Transport in the Global Atmosphere: Emissions, Measurements and Models, Boston, MA: Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Trawick P. 2008. Scarcity, Equity, and Transparency: General Principles for Successfully Governing the Water Commons. In Mountains: Sources of Water, Sources of Knowledge, edited by Wiegandt E. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands. pp. 43–61.

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. Rocket Into Northern Lights Studies The “Invisible Aurora’s” Electric Currents. 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. 1987. Natural Gas Regulation: Pipeline Transportation Under FERC Order 436, 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
Mehta K. 2015. An optimized modified booth recoder for efficient design of the add-multiply operator. Doctoral dissertation, Long Beach, CA: California State University, Long Beach.

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
Stevenson A., and Kelly K. 2017. Defying Expectations. New York Times, April 8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Estrada-Oyuela 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Estrada-Oyuela 2009; Heller and Marians 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Heller and Marians 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Hu et al. 2014)

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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