How to format your references using the Tectonics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Tectonics. 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
Gratton, E. (2011). Applied physics. Deeper tissue imaging with total detection. Science (New York, N.Y.), 331(6020), 1016–1017.
A journal article with 2 authors
Zeller, D., & Booth, S. (2005). Costs and benefits of regulating mercury. Science (New York, N.Y.), 310(5749), 777–9; author reply 777-9.
A journal article with 3 authors
Szemenyei, H., Hannon, M., & Long, J. A. (2008). TOPLESS mediates auxin-dependent transcriptional repression during Arabidopsis embryogenesis. Science (New York, N.Y.), 319(5868), 1384–1386.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Gajiwala, K. S., Chen, H., Cornille, F., Roques, B. P., Reith, W., Mach, B., & Burley, S. K. (2000). Structure of the winged-helix protein hRFX1 reveals a new mode of DNA binding. Nature, 403(6772), 916–921.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Mann, S. (2010). Microsoft® SharePoint® Server 2010 Bible. Indianapolis, IN, USA: Wiley Publishing, Inc.
An edited book
Ivancevic, T. T. (2011). Paradigm Shift for Future Tennis: The Art of Tennis Physiology, Biomechanics and Psychology. (B. Jovanovic, S. Jovanovic, M. Djukic, N. Djukic, & A. Lukman, Eds.) (Vol. 12). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Uustalu, T., & Vene, V. (2006). The Essence of Dataflow Programming. In Z. Horváth (Ed.), Central European Functional Programming School: First Summer School, CEFP 2005, Budapest, Hungary, July 4-15, 2005, Revised Selected Lectures (pp. 135–167). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

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 Tectonics.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014, September 26). Unbelievable Facts About Our Universe. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (2016). Management Agenda for the Presidential and Congressional Transition: Promote Transparency and Open Government to Enhance Civic Engagement and Foster Innovation (No. D15091). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Garcia, M. (2015). A.R.T. / Atmospheric. Retail. Therapy (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Pennington, B. (2016, July 7). Youth Sports Go Broke as Trusted Adults Steal. New York Times, p. A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gratton, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Gratton, 2011; Zeller & Booth, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Zeller & Booth, 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Gajiwala et al., 2000)

About the journal

Full journal titleTectonics
ISSN (print)0278-7407
ISSN (online)1944-9194
ScopeGeochemistry and Petrology

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