How to format your references using the Bulletin of Mathematical Sciences citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Bulletin of Mathematical Sciences. 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
Muindi, F.: Tell the negative committee to shut up. Science. 345, 350 (2014)
A journal article with 2 authors
Whetten, R.L., Price, R.C.: Chemistry. Nano-golden order. Science. 318, 407–408 (2007)
A journal article with 3 authors
Videler, J.J., Stamhuis, E.J., Povel, G.D.E.: Leading-edge vortex lifts swifts. Science. 306, 1960–1962 (2004)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Novikov, A.P., Kalmykov, S.N., Utsunomiya, S., Ewing, R.C., Horreard, F., Merkulov, A., Clark, S.B., Tkachev, V.V., Myasoedov, B.F.: Colloid transport of plutonium in the far-field of the Mayak Production Association, Russia. Science. 314, 638–641 (2006)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Blicq, R.S., Moretto, L.A.: Writing Reports to Get Results. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, USA (2015)
An edited book
Lamdin, D.J. ed: Consumer Knowledge and Financial Decisions: Lifespan Perspectives. Springer, New York, NY (2012)
A chapter in an edited book
Król, D.J., Wymysłowski, A., Allaf, K.N.: Analysis of the Adhesion Work with a Molecular Modeling Method and a Wetting Angle Measurement. In: Wymyslowski, A., Iwamoto, N., Yuen, M., and Fan, H. (eds.) Molecular Modeling and Multiscaling Issues for Electronic Material Applications: Volume 2. pp. 67–79. Springer International Publishing, Cham (2015)

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 of Mathematical Sciences.

Blog post
Hale, T.: A Strangely Elongated Skull Of An Ancient Female Has Been Found In Korea,


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: Enhanced Oversight and Improved Availability of Risk- Based Data Could Further Improve Safety. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (2011)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Smith, K.M.: Meanings of “design” in instructional technology: A conceptual analysis based on the field’s foundational literature, (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
Miller, J.: The Modern’s Progress, (2016)

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 of Mathematical Sciences
AbbreviationBull. Math. Sci.
ISSN (print)1664-3607
ISSN (online)1664-3615
ScopeGeneral Mathematics

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