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
Grant, P.M.: Obituary: Chauncey Starr (1912-2007). Nature. 447, 789 (2007)
A journal article with 2 authors
Rabosky, D.L., Sorhannus, U.: Diversity dynamics of marine planktonic diatoms across the Cenozoic. Nature. 457, 183–186 (2009)
A journal article with 3 authors
Wang, B., Chen, J., Corlett, R.T.: Factors influencing repeated seed movements by scatter-hoarding rodents in an alpine forest. Sci. Rep. 4, 4786 (2014)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Tatsuo, H., Ono, N., Tanaka, K., Yanagi, Y.: SLAM (CDw150) is a cellular receptor for measles virus. Nature. 406, 893–897 (2000)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hobkirk, J.A., Gill, D.S., Jones, S.P., Hemmings, K.W., Bassi, G.S., O’Donnell, A.L., Goodman, J.R.: Hypodontia. John Wiley & Sons Ltd., West Sussex, UK (2010)
An edited book
Steyn, D.G., Rao, S.T. eds: Air Pollution Modeling and its Application XX. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht (2010)
A chapter in an edited book
García-García, F., Olivares-Bañuelos, T., Drucker-Colín, R.: Vasoactive Intestinal Polypeptide and Prolactin Cytokines: Role in Sleep and Some Immune Aspects. In: Pandi-Perumal, S.R., Cardinali, D.P., and Chrousos, G.P. (eds.) Neuroimmunology of Sleep. pp. 97–117. 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 Bulletin of Mathematical Sciences.

Blog post
Andrew, E.: 7th Grader Builds Braille Printer From Lego,


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: Air Traffic Control: Status of FAA’s Implementation of the Display System Replacement Project. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (1999)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Saurage-Altenloh, S.M.: The Measured Influence of Supplier CSR on Brand Performance Expectations in B2B Relationships, (2017)

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
Murphy, M.J.O.: Weekend Entertainments From the Archives of The New York Times, (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 titleBulletin of Mathematical Sciences
AbbreviationBull. Math. Sci.
ISSN (print)1664-3607
ISSN (online)1664-3615
ScopeGeneral Mathematics

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