How to format your references using the Mineralogy and Petrology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Mineralogy and Petrology. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Baldwin RL (2002) Making a network of hydrophobic clusters. Science 295:1657–1658
A journal article with 2 authors
Bonduriansky R, Brassil CE (2002) Senescence: rapid and costly ageing in wild male flies. Nature 420:377
A journal article with 3 authors
Faller M, Niederweis M, Schulz GE (2004) The structure of a mycobacterial outer-membrane channel. Science 303:1189–1192
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Wu H, Li H, Kwok RTK, et al (2014) A recyclable and reusable supported Cu(I) catalyzed azide-alkyne click polymerization. Sci Rep 4:5107

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Guinebretière R (2010) X-ray Diffraction by Polycrystalline Materials. ISTE, London, UK
An edited book
Grewal IS (ed) (2009) Therapeutic Targets of the TNF Superfamily. Springer, New York, NY
A chapter in an edited book
Liu Z (2009) Asthma. In: Liu Z (ed) Essentials of Chinese Medicine: Essentials of Clinical Specialties in Chinese Medicine. Springer, London, pp 33–43

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 Mineralogy and Petrology.

Blog post
Andrews R (2015) Bobby Pin Found Piercing Child’s Kidney. 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 (2008) Traffic Safety: NHTSA’s Improved Oversight Could Identify Opportunities to Strengthen Management and Safety in Some States. 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
Weber TR (2010) Tailored charged particle beams from single-component plasmas. Doctoral dissertation, University of California San Diego

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
Kelly C (2013) With Cliburn Gone, Competition Tries to Adjust. New York Times A23B

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Baldwin 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Baldwin 2002; Bonduriansky and Brassil 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Bonduriansky and Brassil 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Wu et al. 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleMineralogy and Petrology
AbbreviationMineral. Petrol.
ISSN (print)0930-0708
ISSN (online)1438-1168
ScopeGeochemistry and Petrology

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