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
Carmody J (2001) Celebrating science. Nature 412:383
A journal article with 2 authors
Matsumoto M, Hikosaka O (2007) Lateral habenula as a source of negative reward signals in dopamine neurons. Nature 447:1111–1115
A journal article with 3 authors
Barta A, Dorner S, Polacek N (2001) Mechanism of ribosomal peptide bond formation. Science 291:203
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Yu SR, Burkhardt M, Nowak M, et al (2009) Fgf8 morphogen gradient forms by a source-sink mechanism with freely diffusing molecules. Nature 461:533–536

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Edwards J (2004) Telecosmos. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Portugali J (ed) (2006) Complex Artificial Environments: Simulation, Cognition and VR in the Study and Planning of Cities. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Bartoli CG, Senn ME, Gergoff Grozeff GE (2016) Physiological Processes Contributing to the Synthesis of Ascorbic Acid in Plants. In: Gupta DK, Palma JM, Corpas FJ (eds) Redox State as a Central Regulator of Plant-Cell Stress Responses. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 71–92

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
Taub B (2016) “Spirit Molecule” DMT Keeps Cells Alive When Oxygen Levels Are Low. 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 (1981) Regulating Domestic Telecommunications Common Carriers. 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
Huang Y-F (2013) The Effects of Two Methods on Training EFL University Students in Taiwan to Identify Three Non-Native Phonemic Contrasts. Doctoral dissertation, Ohio State University

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
Barron J (2016) Owner of Brooklyn Brownstone Sees Herself Caught in Airbnb Crossfire. New York Times A19

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Carmody 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Carmody 2001; Matsumoto and Hikosaka 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Matsumoto and Hikosaka 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Yu et al. 2009)

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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