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
Corden, J. L. (2007). Transcription. Seven ups the code. Science (New York, N.Y.), 318(5857), 1735–1736.
A journal article with 2 authors
Tokuriki, N., & Tawfik, D. S. (2009). Chaperonin overexpression promotes genetic variation and enzyme evolution. Nature, 459(7247), 668–673.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sessa, P., Meconi, F., & Han, S. (2014). Double dissociation of neural responses supporting perceptual and cognitive components of social cognition: evidence from processing of others’ pain. Scientific Reports, 4, 7424.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Roukny, T., Bersini, H., Pirotte, H., Caldarelli, G., & Battiston, S. (2013). Default cascades in complex networks: topology and systemic risk. Scientific Reports, 3, 2759.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Prutchi, D., & Norris, M. (2004). Design and Development of Medical Electronic Instrumentation. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Roynette, B. (2009). Penalising Brownian Paths. (M. Yor, Ed.) (Vol. 1969). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Suominen, S., Forsén, T., Volanen, S.-M., Isomaa, B., Vahlberg, T., & Eriksson, J. (2012). Lower Incidence of Hypertension among Swedish Speakers as Compared to Finnish Speakers in the Helsinki Birth Cohort from Finland – An Example of Early Programming of Disease? In K. Eriksson-Backa, A. Luoma, & E. Krook (Eds.), Exploring the Abyss of Inequalities: 4th International Conference on Well-Being in the Information Society, WIS 2012, Turku, Finland, August 22-24, 2012. Proceedings (pp. 52–59). 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, July 22). New Method Actually Cuts HIV Out Of Human DNA. 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. (2000). Army Corps of Engineers: An Assessment of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement of the Lower Snake River Dams (No. RCED-00-186). 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
Ameen, U. (2012). Social and political climates’ influence on Muslim American students’ intersectional identity (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Kelly, C. (2008, December 7). New Design and Décor In Greenburgh Stacks. New York Times, p. WE6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Corden, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Corden, 2007; Tokuriki & Tawfik, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Tokuriki & Tawfik, 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Roukny et al., 2013)

About the journal

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

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