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
Wang Q (2015) China’s scientists must engage the public on GM. Nature 519:7
A journal article with 2 authors
Feinberg EH, Meister M (2015) Orientation columns in the mouse superior colliculus. Nature 519:229–232
A journal article with 3 authors
Miyazawa A, Fujiyoshi Y, Unwin N (2003) Structure and gating mechanism of the acetylcholine receptor pore. Nature 423:949–955
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Pope KO, Pohl ME, Jones JG, et al (2001) Origin and environmental setting of ancient agriculture in the lowlands of Mesoamerica. Science 292:1370–1373

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Norwitz ER, Belfort MA, Saade GR, Miller H (2010) Obstetric Clinical Algorithms: Management and Evidence. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK
An edited book
Papadopoulou D (ed) (2006) Cross-linguistic Variation in Sentence Processing: Evidence from RC Attachment Preferences in Greek. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
A chapter in an edited book
Patel B (2016) Non-surgical Root Canal Treatment. In: Patel B (ed) Endodontic Treatment, Retreatment, and Surgery: Mastering Clinical Practice. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 71–100

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
Andrews R (2016) Our Oceans Have Saved The World From Warming An Insane 36°C In The Past Century. 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 (1980) Update on Federal Matching and Maintenance of Effort Requirements for California. 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
Adams AW (2013) Shepherd leadership of Church of God pastors and how this relates to ministerial effectiveness. Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix

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
Qiu L (2017) On Spectrum of Extremism, Far Left Takes Relatively Little Space. New York Times A13

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wang 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Wang 2015; Feinberg and Meister 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Feinberg and Meister 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Pope et al. 2001)

About the journal

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

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