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
Dajani R (2012) How women scientists fare in the Arab world. Nature 491:9
A journal article with 2 authors
Mishima O, Suzuki Y (2002) Propagation of the polyamorphic transition of ice and the liquid-liquid critical point. Nature 419:599–603
A journal article with 3 authors
Coumou D, Driesner T, Heinrich CA (2008) The structure and dynamics of mid-ocean ridge hydrothermal systems. Science 321:1825–1828
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Honaramooz A, Snedaker A, Boiani M, et al (2002) Sperm from neonatal mammalian testes grafted in mice. Nature 418:778–781

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Burk F (1997) Lebesgue Measure and Integration. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Serra HA de A (2015) Design of Switched-Capacitor Filter Circuits using Low Gain Amplifiers. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Bagdoev AG, Vardanyan AV, Vardanyan SV (2008) The Determination of Linear Frequencies of Bending Vibrations of Ferromagnetic Shell by Exact Space Treatment. In: Jaiani G, Podio-Guidugli P (eds) IUTAM Symposium on Relations of Shell Plate Beam and 3D Models: Proceedings of the IUTAM Symposium on the Relations of Shell, Plate, Beam, and 3D Models, Dedicated to the Centenary of Ilia Vekua’s Birth, held in Tbilisi, Georgia, April 23-27, 2007. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp 49–57

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
Hamilton K (2011) Is This Injectable Tanning Drug Safe To Use? 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 (1987) Security at Nation’s Highest Risk Airports. 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
Samel C (2014) Imagination and negotiation: Motivations for Cambodian women to marry Cambodian American men. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Greenhouse L (2008) Justices Accept Question of Prosecutors as Lawyers or Managers. New York Times A14

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Dajani 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Mishima and Suzuki 2002; Dajani 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Mishima and Suzuki 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Honaramooz et al. 2002)

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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