How to format your references using the Communications in Mathematical Physics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Communications in Mathematical Physics. 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
Kay, R.F.: Anthropology. New World monkey origins. Science. 347, 1068–1069 (2015)
A journal article with 2 authors
Sanders, R.W., Moore, J.P.: HIV: A stamp on the envelope. Nature. 514, 437–438 (2014)
A journal article with 3 authors
Liang, Y., Wu, D., Fu, R.: Carbon microfibers with hierarchical porous structure from electrospun fiber-like natural biopolymer. Sci. Rep. 3, 1119 (2013)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Anderson, R.M., Bitterman, K.J., Wood, J.G., Medvedik, O., Sinclair, D.A.: Nicotinamide and PNC1 govern lifespan extension by calorie restriction in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Nature. 423, 181–185 (2003)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Scheer, J.: Failed Bridges. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany (2010)
An edited book
Spini, D., Elcheroth, G., Corkalo Biruski, D. eds: War, Community, and Social Change: Collective Experiences in the Former Yugoslavia. Springer, New York, NY (2014)
A chapter in an edited book
Delfour, M.C.: Representations, Composition, and Decomposition of C 1,1-hypersurfaces. In: Kunisch, K., Sprekels, J., Leugering, G., and Tröltzsch, F. (eds.) Optimal Control of Coupled Systems of Partial Differential Equations. pp. 85–104. Birkhäuser, Basel (2009)

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 Communications in Mathematical Physics.

Blog post
Davis, J.: Dakota Access Pipeline Has Been Leaking Oil, And It’s Not Even Operational Yet,


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: FAA’s Voice Communications and Administrative Computer Systems. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (1989)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Curiel, A.R.: A re-examination of the Meyers and Volbrecht motor equation for the identification of suspect effort, (2013)

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
Morris, M.: Why Argue With a Dream?, (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 titleCommunications in Mathematical Physics
AbbreviationCommun. Math. Phys.
ISSN (print)0010-3616
ISSN (online)1432-0916
ScopeMathematical Physics
Statistical and Nonlinear Physics

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