How to format your references using the Abhandlungen aus dem Mathematischen Seminar der Universität Hamburg citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Abhandlungen aus dem Mathematischen Seminar der Universität Hamburg. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Kemp, M.: Science in culture: A mechanical mind. Nature. 421, 214 (2003)
A journal article with 2 authors
Qian, L., Winfree, E.: Scaling up digital circuit computation with DNA strand displacement cascades. Science. 332, 1196–1201 (2011)
A journal article with 3 authors
Meza, L.R., Das, S., Greer, J.R.: Strong, lightweight, and recoverable three-dimensional ceramic nanolattices. Science. 345, 1322–1326 (2014)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Hall, C., Tharakan, P., Hallock, J., Cleveland, C., Jefferson, M.: Hydrocarbons and the evolution of human culture. Nature. 426, 318–322 (2003)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Çapin, T.K., Pandzic, I.S., Magnenat-Thalmann, N., Thalmann, D.: Avatars in Networked Virtual Environments. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK (2001)
An edited book
Zajda, J. ed: Nation-Building and History Education in a Global Culture. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht (2015)
A chapter in an edited book
Drusini, A.: Anthropology and Bio-cultural Adaptation of the Ancient Nasca Inhabitants. In: Lasaponara, R., Masini, N., and Orefici, G. (eds.) The Ancient Nasca World: New Insights from Science and Archaeology. pp. 87–100. Springer International Publishing, Cham (2016)

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 Abhandlungen aus dem Mathematischen Seminar der Universität Hamburg.

Blog post
Andrew, E.: From Comet Chasing To Gravity Waves: 2014 In Six Science Stories,


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: Aviation Safety: Additional Oversight Planning by FAA Could Enhance Safety Risk Management. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (2014)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Bailey, C.N.: The influence of gardens on resilience in older adults living in a continuing care community, (2015)

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
Blecher, G.: Berra’s Values Shape Museum’s Mission, (2015)

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1, 2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleAbhandlungen aus dem Mathematischen Seminar der Universität Hamburg
AbbreviationAbh. Math. Semin. Univ. Hambg.
ISSN (print)0025-5858
ISSN (online)1865-8784
ScopeGeneral Mathematics

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