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
Long, T. E. (2014). Materials science. Toward recyclable thermosets. Science (New York, N.Y.), 344(6185), 706–707.
A journal article with 2 authors
Paukner, C., & Koziol, K. K. K. (2014). Ultra-pure single wall carbon nanotube fibres continuously spun without promoter. Scientific Reports, 4, 3903.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hurrell, J. W., Kushnir, Y., & Visbeck, M. (2001). Climate. The North Atlantic oscillation. Science (New York, N.Y.), 291(5504), 603–605.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Stroebel, D., Choquet, Y., Popot, J.-L., & Picot, D. (2003). An atypical haem in the cytochrome b(6)f complex. Nature, 426(6965), 413–418.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lévy, P. (2013). The Semantic Sphere 1. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
LeRoith, D. (Ed.). (2012). Insulin-like Growth Factors and Cancer: From Basic Biology to Therapeutics. Boston, MA: Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Hu, J., Wang, Z., & Gao, H. (2015). $$H_\infty $$ H ∞ Sliding Mode Observer Design for Nonlinear Time Delay Systems. In Z. Wang & H. Gao (Eds.), Nonlinear Stochastic Systems with Network-Induced Phenomena: Recursive Filtering and Sliding-Mode Design (pp. 119–142). 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. (2014, August 12). Identifying And Overcoming Depression. 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). James Webb Space Telescope: Project Meeting Cost and Schedule Commitments but Continues to Use Reserves to Address Challenges (No. GAO-17-71). 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
Holby, N. (2017). School Counselors and Their Experiences Implementing Comprehensive Programs (Doctoral dissertation). Capella University, Minneapolis, MN.

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
Price, M. (2017, September 13). Trial by Fire: 2 Forests Offer Clues to Yellowstone’s Future. New York Times, p. A12.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Long, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Long, 2014; Paukner & Koziol, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Paukner & Koziol, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Stroebel et al., 2003)

About the journal

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

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