How to format your references using the Collectanea Mathematica citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Collectanea Mathematica. 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
Gordon, R.G.: Plate tectonics. The Antarctic connection. Nature. 404, 139–140 (2000)
A journal article with 2 authors
McMahon, H.T., Gallop, J.L.: Membrane curvature and mechanisms of dynamic cell membrane remodelling. Nature. 438, 590–596 (2005)
A journal article with 3 authors
Levine, B., Mizushima, N., Virgin, H.W.: Autophagy in immunity and inflammation. Nature. 469, 323–335 (2011)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Black, B.E., Foltz, D.R., Chakravarthy, S., Luger, K., Woods, V.L., Jr, Cleveland, D.W.: Structural determinants for generating centromeric chromatin. Nature. 430, 578–582 (2004)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Chappell, D.: The JCT Intermediate Building Contracts 2005. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK (2008)
An edited book
Gärtner, B.: Approximation Algorithms and Semidefinite Programming. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (2012)
A chapter in an edited book
Morrow, M., Jordan, V.C.: Prevention of Breast Cancer. In: Piccart, M.J., Hung, M.-C., Solin, L.J., Cardoso, F., and Wood, W.C. (eds.) Breast Cancer and Molecular Medicine. pp. 63–94. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (2006)

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 Collectanea Mathematica.

Blog post
Hamilton, K.: Tens Of Thousands Of Dead Fish Just Washed Up On A Cornish Beach – Here’s Why,


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: Question Concerning Whether Funds Available Under Career Education Incentive Act Were Illegally Rescinded. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (1980)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Ortiz, J.A.: New graduate nurses’ experiences of what accounts for their lack of professional confidence during their first year of practice, (2014)

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
Eisinger, J.: The Fall Guy, (2014)

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 titleCollectanea Mathematica
AbbreviationCollect. Math.
ISSN (print)0010-0757
ISSN (online)2038-4815
ScopeGeneral Mathematics
Applied Mathematics

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