How to format your references using the Tectonophysics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Tectonophysics. 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
Nudo, R.J., 2015. Rehabilitation: Boost for movement. Nature 527, 314–315.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sieweke, M.H., Allen, J.E., 2013. Beyond stem cells: self-renewal of differentiated macrophages. Science 342, 1242974.
A journal article with 3 authors
Furman, J.L., Murray, F., Stern, S., 2010. More for the research dollar. Nature 468, 757–758.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Green, T.J., Zhang, X., Wertz, G.W., Luo, M., 2006. Structure of the vesicular stomatitis virus nucleoprotein-RNA complex. Science 313, 357–360.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Robyns, B., François, B., Delille, G., Saudemont, C., 2015. Energy Storage in Electric Power Grids. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
A. Hardikar, A. (Ed.), 2016. Pancreatic Islet Biology, Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Kull, M., Flach, P., 2015. Novel Decompositions of Proper Scoring Rules for Classification: Score Adjustment as Precursor to Calibration, in: Appice, A., Rodrigues, P.P., Santos Costa, V., Soares, C., Gama, J., Jorge, A. (Eds.), Machine Learning and Knowledge Discovery in Databases: European Conference, ECML PKDD 2015, Porto, Portugal, September 7-11, 2015, Proceedings, Part I, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 68–85.

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 Tectonophysics.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2015. Watch Satellites and Space Debris Floating Around Earth in Real Time [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 2006. Child Care and Early Childhood Education: More Information Sharing and Program Review by HHS Could Enhance Access for Families with Limited English Proficiency (Chinese Version) (No. GAO-06-950). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Hong, H.J., 2017. Acrolein Modification of Human Apolipoprotein A-I Impairs Binding to Phosphatidylglycerol and Lipopolysaccharide of Gram-Negative Bacteria (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
Murphy, M.J.O., Thee-Brenan, M., 2016. Spot on Ballot Is No Cure-All, Women Say in Poll. New York Times A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Nudo, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Nudo, 2015; Sieweke and Allen, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Sieweke and Allen, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Green et al., 2006)

About the journal

Full journal titleTectonophysics
ISSN (print)0040-1951
ScopeEarth-Surface Processes

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