How to format your references using the Bulletin des sciences mathématiques citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Bulletin des sciences mathématiques. 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
P. Smaglik, Welcome competition, Nature. 432 (2004) 783.
A journal article with 2 authors
E. Gomez Perdiguero, F. Geissmann, Cancer immunology. Identifying the infiltrators, Science. 344 (2014) 801–802.
A journal article with 3 authors
T. Amari, J.-F. Luciani, J.-J. Aly, Small-scale dynamo magnetism as the driver for heating the solar atmosphere, Nature. 522 (2015) 188–191.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
A. Kirmizis, H. Santos-Rosa, C.J. Penkett, M.A. Singer, M. Vermeulen, M. Mann, J. Bähler, R.D. Green, T. Kouzarides, Arginine methylation at histone H3R2 controls deposition of H3K4 trimethylation, Nature. 449 (2007) 928–932.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
G.A. Johansen, P. Jackson, Radioisotope Gauges for Industrial Process Measurements, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2005.
An edited book
S.-G. Lee, Z. Peng, X. Zhou, Y.-S. Moon, R. Unland, J. Yoo, eds., Database Systems for Advanced Applications: 17th International Conference, DASFAA 2012, Busan, South Korea, April 15-19, 2012, Proceedings, Part II, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
S. Lazzini, L. Anselmi, L.L. Schiavo, A.M. Falanga, The Role of Information Systems to Support Performance Management in Public Administration: The Case of the Italian Regulatory Authority for the Energy Sector, in: D. Baglieri, C. Metallo, C. Rossignoli, M. Pezzillo Iacono (Eds.), Information Systems, Management, Organization and Control: Smart Practices and Effects, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2014: pp. 47–64.

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 Bulletin des sciences mathématiques.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Magnetar Formation: It’s A Game Of Pass The Parcel, IFLScience. (2014). (accessed October 30, 2018).


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, Federal Research: Observations on the Small Business Innovation Research Program, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2005.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
M.E. Jensen, A comparison of school psychologists’ and school counselors’ ability to identify cognitive abilities underlying basic academic tasks, Doctoral dissertation, Capella University, 2010.

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
M.J.O. Murphy, Weekend Entertainments From the Archives of The New York Times, New York Times. (2015) C29.

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 titleBulletin des sciences mathématiques
AbbreviationBull. Sci. Math.
ISSN (print)0007-4497
ScopeGeneral Mathematics

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