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
Stockman MI (2015) Applied optics. Nanoplasmonic sensing and detection. Science 348:287–288
A journal article with 2 authors
Fortey R, Chatterton B (2003) A Devonian trilobite with an eyeshade. Science 301:1689
A journal article with 3 authors
Collins FS, Gray GM, Bucher JR (2008) Toxicology. Transforming environmental health protection. Science 319:906–907
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Long JA, Young GC, Holland T, et al (2006) An exceptional Devonian fish from Australia sheds light on tetrapod origins. Nature 444:199–202

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Zheng F, Kaiser T (2016) Digital Signal Processing for RFID. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Lloyd RV (ed) (2010) Endocrine Pathology: Differential Diagnosis and Molecular Advances, Second. Springer, New York, NY
A chapter in an edited book
Murata A (2015) Stuck in Between. In: Horiguchi S, Imoto Y, Poole GS (eds) Foreign Language Education in Japan: Exploring Qualitative Approaches. SensePublishers, Rotterdam, pp 51–64

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
Andrew D (2016) New Evidence From Prehistoric Human Teeth Reveals What The “Paleo Diet” Really Looked Like — And It’s Not What You Think. 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 (1998) FCC: Installment Payment Financing for Personal Communications Services Licensees. 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
Slaughter RA (2017) Tradition and Progress: California Fire Technology Directors Beliefs and Values. Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine 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
Hartocollis A (2014) Doctor Who Worked on Rivers Steps Down From Post at Medical Clinic. New York Times A15

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Stockman 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Fortey and Chatterton 2003; Stockman 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Fortey and Chatterton 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Long et al. 2006)

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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