How to Cite EarthChem Data

Synthesis Databases

To cite a synthesis database or portal, please reference the its URL in text and in figure captions:



For PetDB, also add the following publication in the reference list:

Lehnert, K., Su, Y., Langmuir, C., Sarbas, B., & Nohl, U. A global geochemical database structure for rocks. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst. 1, doi:10.1029/1999GC000026 (2000)



For SedDB, you may reference

Status Report on the SedDB Sediment Geochemistry Database: March, 2012. Johansson, A., Lehnert, K, and Hsu, L. GeoPRISMS Newsletter No. 28, Spring 2012, p. 21.


Original References

If your dataset was compiled from fewer than five references, we recommend including these in your article's reference list. For datasets built from a larger number of references, we recommend listing all references in electronic supplement form, if available and permitted by the publisher.

The following journals welcome complete references for PetDB datasets for publication in electronic supplements:

  • Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
  • Chemical Geology


EarthChem Library

When citing data obtained from the EarthChem Library, we ask that you cite the dataset with its dataset DOI (if applicable), and note that it was obtained from the EarthChem Library.


It is also best practice to cite any primary publication that originally published the dataset, if one exists and is mentioned in the EarthChem Library record.


e.g. Shaw, Alison, Gakkel Ridge basalt melt inclusion and mineral chemistry,  doi:10.1594/IEDA/100004, obtained from the EarthChem Library (


Shaw, A. M., M. D. Behn, et al. (2010). "Deep pooling of low degree melts and volatile fluxes at the 85 degrees E segment of the Gakkel Ridge: Evidence from olivine-hosted melt inclusions and glasses." Earth and Planetary Science Letters 289(3-4): 311-322.