How to format your references using the Mineralium Deposita citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Mineralium Deposita. 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
Liljas A (2009) Biochemistry. Leaps in translational elongation. Science 326:677–678
A journal article with 2 authors
Thompson DWJ, Solomon S (2002) Interpretation of recent Southern Hemisphere climate change. Science 296:895–899
A journal article with 3 authors
Heywood KJ, Naveira Garabato AC, Stevens DP (2002) High mixing rates in the abyssal Southern Ocean. Nature 415:1011–1014
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Caramazza A, Chialant D, Capasso R, Miceli G (2000) Separable processing of consonants and vowels. Nature 403:428–430

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Potter L (2012) The Life of William Shakespeare. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Chuang T-J, Anderson PM, Wu M-K, Hsieh S (eds) (2006) Nanomechanics of Materials and Structures. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
A chapter in an edited book
Khalilpour KR, Vassallo A (2016) Sensitivity Analysis of Grid-Connected PV-Battery Systems. In: Vassallo A (ed) Community Energy Networks With Storage: Modeling Frameworks for Distributed Generation. Springer, Singapore, pp 83–97

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 Mineralium Deposita.

Blog post
Fang J (2015) Cod Collapse Linked To Rapidly Warming Gulf Waters. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 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 (2012) K-12 Education: School-Based Physical Education and Sports Programs. 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
Blalock JM (2014) The Links at St Andrews, Scotland A phenomenological hermeneutic exploration of golf’s primordial place. Doctoral dissertation, 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
Kwai I (2017) Citizenship Costs Senator In Australia Her Position. New York Times A6

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Liljas 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Thompson and Solomon 2002; Liljas 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Thompson and Solomon 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Caramazza et al. 2000)

About the journal

Full journal titleMineralium Deposita
AbbreviationMiner. Deposita
ISSN (print)0026-4598
ISSN (online)1432-1866
ScopeGeochemistry and Petrology

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