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
Bystricky, M. (2003). Geophysics. Mantle flow revisited. Science (New York, N.Y.), 301(5637), 1190–1191.
A journal article with 2 authors
Boles, M. A., & Talapin, D. V. (2014). Chemistry. Connecting the dots. Science (New York, N.Y.), 344(6190), 1340–1341.
A journal article with 3 authors
Pendry, J. B., Luo, Y., & Zhao, R. (2015). Transforming the optical landscape. Science (New York, N.Y.), 348(6234), 521–524.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Paler, A., Devitt, S. J., Nemoto, K., & Polian, I. (2014). Mapping of topological quantum circuits to physical hardware. Scientific Reports, 4, 4657.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ananthakrishnan, A. N., Xavier, R. J., & Podolsky, D. K. (2017). Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Laird, N. M. (2011). The Fundamentals of Modern Statistical Genetics. (C. Lange, Ed.). New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Kibbe, M. R. (2015). Leadership Theories and Styles. In M. R. Kibbe & H. Chen (Eds.), Leadership in Surgery (pp. 49–57). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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. (2015, March 16). Cancer Drug Shows Promise In Treating Spinal Cord Injuries. 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. (1982). Improvements Can Be Made in the Fiscal Management of CETA (No. HRD-82-53). 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
Coughenour, B. M. (2014). Photovoltaic concentrator optical system design: Solar energy engineering from physics to field (Doctoral dissertation). University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.

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
Burfoot, A., & Hirsch, G. A. (2012, September 30). The Honorable Clan Of the Long-Distance Runner. New York Times, p. SP11.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bystricky, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Boles & Talapin, 2014; Bystricky, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Boles & Talapin, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Paler et al., 2014)

About the journal

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

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