Citation Guidelines


Please use the following citations in your publications when you refer to XMapTools. The version of the program should be specified just after the name, e.g. Mapping data were processed using XMapTools 3.3.1 (Lanari et al. 2014; 2019).

Please use at least one of the official XMapTools logo in your talk / poster along with the references while images have been generated using XMapTools.

Main software references

  • Lanari, P., Vho, A., Bovay, T., Airaghi, L., Centrella, S., (2019). Quantitative compositional mapping of mineral phases by electron probe micro-analyser. Geological Society of London, Special Publications, 478, 39-63 [Download]
  • Lanari, P., Vidal, O., De Andrade, V., Dubacq, B., Lewin, E., Grosch, E., Schwartz, S. (2014) XMapTools: a MATLAB©-based program for electron microprobe X-ray image processing and geothermobarometry. Computers and Geosciences. 62, 227-240. [Download]

Software references for specific tools/applications

  • Trace element mapping: Raimondo, T., Payne, J., Wade, B., Lanari, P., Clark, C., Hand, M., (2017). Trace element mapping by LA-ICP-MS: assessing geochemical mobility in garnet. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 172, 17.
  • Local bulk composition and density correction: Lanari, P., & Engi, M. (2017). Local bulk composition effects on metamorphic mineral assemblages, Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry, 83, 55-102.
  • Density maps: Centrella, S., Putnis, A., Lanari, P., Austrheim, H. (2018). Textural and chemical evolution of pyroxene during hydration and deformation: a consequence of retrograde metamorphism. Lithos, 296-199, 245-264.

References for the EPMA mapping technique

  • Lanari, P., Vho, A., Bovay, T., Airaghi, L., Centrella, S., (2018). Quantitative compositional mapping of mineral phases by electron probe micro-analyser. Geological Society of London Special Publication, DOI:10.1144/SP478.4
  • De Andrade, V., Vidal, O., Lewin, E., O’Brien, P., Agard, P., (2006). Quantification of electron microprobe compositional maps of rock thin sections: an optimized method and examples. Journal of Metamorphic Geology24, 655–668

Note to XMaptools’ users: XMapTools is a free software for scientists working in Universities and public Research Agencies worldwide. Software has become a critical part of modern research and yet there is little support across the Academic ecosystem for its acknowledgement and citation. We believe that scientific software developed by academics should be considered a legitimate and citable product of research. The developments of XMapTools are part of a research effort that includes costs not supported by the users. Users of XMapTools need to understand that citations are the only form of reward that directly support the software development. Please, cite XMapTools in your publications and mention his use using the official XMapTools logo in your presentations.

Selection of XMapTools application examples

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  • Centrella, S., Putnis, A., Lanari, P., Austrheim, H. (2018). Textural and chemical evolution of pyroxene during hydration and deformation: a consequence of retrograde metamorphism. Lithos, 296-199, 245-264.
  • Lanari, P., & Engi, M. (2017). Local bulk composition effects on metamorphic mineral assemblages, Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry, 83, 55-102.
  • Tedeschi, M., Lanari, P., Rubatto, D., Pedrosa-Soares, A., Hermann, J., Dussin, I., Pinheiro, M.A., Bouvier, A.S., Baumgartner, L. (2017). Reconstruction of multiple P-T-t stages from retrogressed mafic rocks: subduction versus collision in the Southern Brasília Orogen (SE Brazil). Lithos294–295, 283–303.
  • Airaghi, L., Lanari, P., de Sigoyer, J., Guillot, S. (2017). Microstructural vs compositional preservation and pseudomorphic replacement of muscovite in deformed metapelites from the Longmen Shan (Sichuan, China) . Lithos282-283, 262-280.
  • Lanari, P., Giuntoli, F., Loury, C., Burn, M., & Engi, M., (2017). An inverse modeling approach to obtain P-T conditions of metamorphic stages involving garnet growth and resorption. European Journal of Mineralogy,  29, 181-199.
  • Berger, A., Wehrens, P., Lanari, P., Zwingmann, H., Herwegh, M., (2017). Microstructures, mineral chemistry and geochronology of white micas along a retrograde evolution: An example from the Aar massif (Central Alps, Switzerland). Tectonophysics, 721, 179-195
  • Airaghi, L., de Sigoyer, J., Lanari, P., Guillot, S., Vidal, O., Monié, P., Sautter, B., Tan, X. (2017). Total exhumation across the Beichuan fault in the Longmen Shan (eastern Tibetan plateau, China) : constraints from petrology and thermobarometry. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 140, 108-121.
  • Abd Elmola, A., Charpentier, D., Buatier, M., Lanari, P., Monié, P., (2017). Textural-chemical changes and deformation conditions registrated by phyllosilicates in fault zone (Pic de Port Vieux thrust, Pyrenees). Applied Clay Sciences144, 88-103.
  • Mészaros, M., Hofmann, B., Lanari, P., Korotev, R., Gnos, E., Greber, N.D., Greenwood, R.C., Jull, A.J.T, Al-Wagdani, K., Mahjou, A., Al-Solami, A.A., Habibullah, S.N., & Al Bokarim M.Y., (2016). Petrology and geochemistry of feldspathic impact-melt breccia Abar al’ Uj 012, the first lunar meteorite from Saudi Arabia. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 51, 1830-184
  • Abu El-Enen, M.M, Abu-Alam, T.S., Whitehouse, M.J., Ali, K.A., Okrusch, M., (2016). P–T path and timing of crustal thickening during amalgamation of East and West Gondwana: A case study from the Hafafit Metamorphic Complex, Eastern Desert of Egypt. Lithos, 263, 213-238.
  • Scheffer, C., Vanderhaeghe, O., Lanari, P., Tarantola, A., Ponthus, L., Photiades, A., France, L., (2016). Syn to post-orogenic exhumation of high-grade nappes: structure and thermobarometry of the western Attic-Cycladic metamorphic complex (Lavrion, Greece). Journal of Geodynamics, 96, 174–193.
  • Centrella, S., Austrheim, H., Putnis, A., (2016). Mass transfer and trace element redistribution during hydration of granulites in the Bergen Arcs, Norway. Lithos, 262, 1-10.
  • Loury, C., Rolland, Y., Cenki-Tok B., Lanari, P., Guillot, S., (2016). Late Paleozoic evolution of the South Tien Shan: Insights from P-T estimates and allanite geochronology on retrogressed eclogites (Chatkal Range, Kyrgyzstan). Journal of Geodynamics, 96, 62-80.
  • Flores, K.E., Skora, S., Martin, C., Harlow, G.E., Rodriguez, D., Baumgartner, P.O., (2015). Metamorphic history of riebeckite- and aegirine-augite-bearing high-pressure–low-temperature blocks within the Siuna Serpentinite Mélange, northeastern Nicaragua. International Geology Review, 57, 943-977.
  • Riel, N., & Lanari, P. (2015). Techniques, méthodes et outils pour la quantification du métamorphisme. Géochronique, 136, 53-60.
  • Trincal, V., Lanari, P., Buatier, M., Lacroix, B., Charpentier D., Labaume, P., Munoz, M., (2015). Temperature micro-mapping in oscillatory zoned chlorite: Application to the study of a green-schist facies fault zone near Gavarnie (Pyrenees, Spain). American Mineralogist, 100, 2468–2483
  • Bial, J., Büttner, S.H. Schenk, V., Appel, P. (2015). The long-term high-temperature history of the central Namaqua Metamorphic Complex: Evidence for a Mesoproterozoic continental back-arc in southern Africa. Precambrian Research, 268, 243-278.
  • Abu-Alam, T.S., Hassan, M., Stüwe, K., Meyer, S.E., Passchier, C.W., (2014). Multistage Tectonism and Metamorphism During Gondwana Collision: Baladiyah Complex, Saudi Arabia. Journal of Petrology, 55, 1941-1964.
  • Grosch, E.G., McLoughlin, P., Lanari, P., Erambert, M. and Vidal, O. (2014) Microscale mapping of alteration conditions and potential biosignatures in basaltic-ultramafic rocks on early Earth and beyond. Astrobiology, 14, 216-228.
  • Lanari, P., Rolland, Y., Schwartz S., Vidal, O., Guillot, S., Tricart, P., Dumont, T. (2014) P-T-t estimation of syn-kinematic strain in low-grade quartz-feldspar bearing rocks using thermodynamic modeling and 40Ar/39Ar dating techniques: example of the Plan-de-Phasy shear zone unit (Briançonnais Zone, Western Alps). Terra Nova, 26, 130-138
  • Martin, C., Debaille, V., Lanari, P., Goderist, S., Vanhaecke, F., Vidal, O., Claeys, P. (2013) REE and Hf distribution among mineral phases in the CV-CK clan : a way to explain present-day Hf isotopic variations in chondrites. Geochimica and Cosmochimica Acta120, 496-513.
  • Lanari, P., Riel, N., Guillot, S., Vidal, O., Schwartz, S., Pêcher, A., Hattori, K. (2013). Deciphering High-Pressure metamorphism in collisional context using microprobe-mapping methods : application to the Stak eclogitic massif (NW Himalaya). Geology41, 111-114.
  • Pourteau, L., Sudo, M., Candan, O., Lanari, P., Vidal, O., Oberhänsli, R. (2013). Neotethys closure history of Anatolia: insights from 40Ar–39Ar geochronology and P–T estimation in high pressure metasedimentary rocks. Journal of Metamorphic Geology,31(6), 585-606.
  • Lanari, P., Guillot, S., Schwartz, S., Vidal, O., Tricart, P., Riel, N., Beyssac, O., (2012) Diachronous evolution of the alpine continental subduction wedge: evidence from P-T estimates in the Brianconnais Zone houillere (France – Western Alps). Journal of Geodynamics, 56-57, 39-54.
  • Lanari, P. (2012). P-T-e Micro-mapping in metamorphic rocks. Application to the Alps and the Himalaya. Ph.D. Thesis, University Joseph-Fourier of Grenoble 1, 522 p.

Other application examples of quantitative compositional mapping

  • Ganne, J., De Andrade, V., Weinberg, R., Dubacq, B., Vidal, O. Kagambega, N., Naba, S., Baratoux, L., Jessell, M. and Allibon, J. (2011). Modern-style plate subduction preserved in the Palaeoproterozoic West African Craton. Nature Geoscience, 5, 60-65.
  • Yamato P., Agard P., Goffé B., De Andrade V., Vidal O. and Jolivet L. (2007). New high- precision P-T estimates for Oman blueschists: Implications for obduction, nappe stacking and exhumation processes. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 25, 657-682.
  • Vidal, O., De Andrade, V., Lewin, E., Munoz, M., Parra, T., Pascarelli, S. (2006). P–T- deformation-Fe3+/Fe2+ mapping at the thin section scale and comparison with XANES mapping. Application to a garnet-bearing metapelite from the Sambagawa metamorphic belt (Japan). Journal of Metamorphic Geology24, 669–683.
  • Goncalves P., Williams M., Jercinovic M., (2005). Electron microprobe age mapping of monazite. American mineralogist, 90, 578-585
  • Marmo, B.A., Clarke, G.L., Powell, R., (2002). Fractionation of bulk rock composition due to porphyroblast growth: effects on eclogite facies mineral equilibria, Pam Peninsula, New Caledonia. Journal of Metamorphic Geology 20, 151–165.
  • Kohn, M.J., and Spear, F.S. (2000). Retrograde Net Transfer Reaction (ReNTR) Insurance for P-T Estimates. Geology, 28, 1127-1130.