How to format your references using the Beiträge zur Algebra und Geometrie / Contributions to Algebra and Geometry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Beiträge zur Algebra und Geometrie / Contributions to Algebra and Geometry. 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
Feldstein, S.B.: Atmospheric science. Subtropical rainfall and the Antarctic ozone hole. Science. 332, 925–926 (2011)
A journal article with 2 authors
Ruprecht, P., Plank, T.: Feeding andesitic eruptions with a high-speed connection from the mantle. Nature. 500, 68–72 (2013)
A journal article with 3 authors
Yamamoto, Y., Stock, D.W., Jeffery, W.R.: Hedgehog signalling controls eye degeneration in blind cavefish. Nature. 431, 844–847 (2004)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Wardle, D.A., Bardgett, R.D., Klironomos, J.N., Setälä, H., van der Putten, W.H., Wall, D.H.: Ecological linkages between aboveground and belowground biota. Science. 304, 1629–1633 (2004)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lane, D.: The Chief Information Officer’s Body of Knowledge. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ (2011)
An edited book
Singh, A., Zommers, Z. eds: Reducing Disaster: Early Warning Systems For Climate Change. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht (2014)
A chapter in an edited book
Wigle, D.A., Jurisica, I.: Molecular Subtypes of Cancer from Gene Expression Profiling. In: Jurisica, I., Wigle, D.A., and Wong, B. (eds.) Cancer Informatics in the Post Genomic Era: Toward Information-Based Medicine. pp. 45–58. Springer US, Boston, MA (2007)

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 Beiträge zur Algebra und Geometrie / Contributions to Algebra and Geometry.

Blog post
Andrew, E.: Pandas Cope With Their Bamboo Diet by Being Lazy,


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: Space Shuttle: Human Capital Challenges Require Management Attention. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (2000)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Hudson, W.C.: Spreading the dao, managing mastership, and performing salvation: The life and alchemical teachings of Chen Zhixu, (2008)

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
Rubin, A.J., Kingsley, P., Karasz, P.: Attack in Spain Fits Larger Plot, (2017)

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Feldstein 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Feldstein 2011; Ruprecht and Plank 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Ruprecht and Plank 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Wardle et al. 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleBeiträge zur Algebra und Geometrie / Contributions to Algebra and Geometry
AbbreviationBeitr. Algebra Geom.
ISSN (print)0138-4821
ISSN (online)2191-0383
ScopeAlgebra and Number Theory
Geometry and Topology

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