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
Leggett A. J. 2005. The quantum measurement problem. Science (New York, N.Y.) 307:871–872.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lamb S., and Davis P. 2003. Cenozoic climate change as a possible cause for the rise of the Andes. Nature 425:792–797.
A journal article with 3 authors
Chien K. R., Domian I. J., and Parker K. K. 2008. Cardiogenesis and the complex biology of regenerative cardiovascular medicine. Science (New York, N.Y.) 322:1494–1497.
A journal article with 10 or more authors
Moqrich A., Hwang S. W., Earley T. J., Petrus M. J., Murray A. N., Spencer K. S. R., Andahazy M., Story G. M., and Patapoutian A. 2005. Impaired thermosensation in mice lacking TRPV3, a heat and camphor sensor in the skin. Science (New York, N.Y.) 307:1468–1472.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Desmond K. K. 2011. Ideas about Art, Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Ferreira J. J. M., Raposo M., Rutten R., and Varga A., eds. 2013. Cooperation, Clusters, and Knowledge Transfer: Universities and Firms Towards Regional Competitiveness, Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Lohmann N., and Wolf K. 2014. From Artifacts to Activities. In Web Services Foundations, edited by Bouguettaya A., Sheng Q. Z., and Daniel F. New York, NY: Springer. pp. 109–135.

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
Taub B. 2015. Why Do Some Bees Produce Hallucinogenic Honey? 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. 1989. ADP Budget: Potential Reductions to the Department of the Army’s Budget Request, 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
Willis T. Y. 2012. Rare but there: An intersectional exploration of the experiences and outcomes of Black women who studied abroad through community college programs. 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
Vecsey G. 2010. Setting a New Standard for a Long-Beleaguered Franchise. New York Times, October 16.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Leggett 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Lamb and Davis 2003; Leggett 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Lamb and Davis 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Moqrich et al. 2005)

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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