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
Marx, J. (2000). ALZHEIMER’S CONGRESS: Drug Shows Promise for Advanced Disease. Science (New York, N.Y.), 289(5478), 375b–7b.
A journal article with 2 authors
MacLean, R. C., & Gudelj, I. (2006). Resource competition and social conflict in experimental populations of yeast. Nature, 441(7092), 498–501.
A journal article with 3 authors
Cohen, J., Rau, A., & Brüning, K. (2009). Climate change. Bridging the Montreal-Kyoto gap. Science (New York, N.Y.), 326(5955), 940–941.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Haag-Liautard, C., Dorris, M., Maside, X., Macaskill, S., Halligan, D. L., Houle, D., et al. (2007). Direct estimation of per nucleotide and genomic deleterious mutation rates in Drosophila. Nature, 445(7123), 82–85.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Martinsen, U. (2017). Kostenrechnung in der Bauwirtschaft. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Gibson, J. (2016). Optical Flow and Trajectory Estimation Methods. (O. Marques, Ed.). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Fischer, M. (2009). Pear Breeding. In P. M. Priyadarshan & S. M. Jain (Eds.), Breeding Plantation Tree Crops: Temperate Species (pp. 135–160). New York, NY: 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
Davis, J. (2015, May 6). Researchers Observe Exact Moment When A Mind Is Changed. 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. (1977). Computer Operations and Data Processing Activities at the Social Security Administration (No. HRD-77-97). 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
Staal, J. (2017). The Relationships Among Sleep Quality, Frailty, and Falls in Older Adults Residing in the Community (Doctoral dissertation). Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL.

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
Walsh, M. W. (2010, June 25). New Rule Proposed for Valuing Public Pension Finances. New York Times, p. B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Marx, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (MacLean & Gudelj, 2006; Marx, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (MacLean & Gudelj, 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Haag-Liautard et al., 2007)

About the journal

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

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