How to format your references using the Calculus of Variations and Partial Differential Equations citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Calculus of Variations and Partial Differential Equations. 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
Selkoe, D.J.: Alzheimer’s disease is a synaptic failure. Science. 298, 789–791 (2002)
A journal article with 2 authors
Shapira, P., Wang, J.: Follow the money. Nature. 468, 627–628 (2010)
A journal article with 3 authors
Burnham, D., Kitamura, C., Vollmer-Conna, U.: What’s new, pussycat? On talking to babies and animals. Science. 296, 1435 (2002)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Tang, W.-J., Yang, Y.-A., Xu, H., Shi, J.-B., Liu, X.-H.: Synthesis and discovery of 18α-GAMG as anticancer agent in vitro and in vivo via down expression of protein p65. Sci. Rep. 4, 7106 (2014)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Heller, D.: Hairspray. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK (2011)
An edited book
Wymyslowski, A., Iwamoto, N., Yuen, M., Fan, H. eds: Molecular Modeling and Multiscaling Issues for Electronic Material Applications: Volume 2. Springer International Publishing, Cham (2015)
A chapter in an edited book
Park, S.-J., Lee, S.-Y.: Injection Molding for Multicomponent Materials. In: Kim, J.K., Thomas, S., and Saha, P. (eds.) Multicomponent Polymeric Materials. pp. 79–107. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht (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 Calculus of Variations and Partial Differential Equations.

Blog post
Andrew, E.: U.S. And China Join Forces To Build A Bullet Train Between LA And Las Vegas,


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: Student Discipline: Individuals With Disabilities Education Act. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (2001)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Smith, G.S.: The relationship between legislative implementations and educator readiness in inclusive educational environments, (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
Shpigel, B.: Rangers Even Series With Emphatic Win as Lindberg Scores Twice, (2017)

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 titleCalculus of Variations and Partial Differential Equations
AbbreviationCalc. Var. Partial Differ. Equ.
ISSN (print)0944-2669
ISSN (online)1432-0835
Applied Mathematics

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