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 (Commun. Math. Phys.). 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
Schiermeier, Q.: Low stocks prompt calls for North Atlantic fishing ban. Nature. 419, 866 (2002)
A journal article with 2 authors
Rajsbaum, R., García-Sastre, A.: Virology. Unanchored ubiquitin in virus uncoating. Science. 346, 427–428 (2014)
A journal article with 3 authors
Overby, C.L., Hripcsak, G., Shen, Y.: Estimating heritability of drug-induced liver injury from common variants and implications for future study designs. Sci. Rep. 4, 5762 (2014)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Lee, M.S., Kwon, Y.T., Li, M., Peng, J., Friedlander, R.M., Tsai, L.H.: Neurotoxicity induces cleavage of p35 to p25 by calpain. Nature. 405, 360–364 (2000)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
MacGowan, C.: The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK (2011)
An edited book
Zhang, Y., Zhou, Z.-H., Zhang, C., Li, Y. eds: Intelligent Science and Intelligent Data Engineering: Second Sino-foreign-interchange Workshop, IScIDE 2011, Xi’an, China, October 23-25, 2011, Revised Selected Papers. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (2012)
A chapter in an edited book
Butowski, N., Chang, S.: Adult High-Grade Glioma. In: Barnett, G.H. (ed.) High-Grade Gliomas: Diagnosis and Treatment. pp. 59–69. Humana Press, Totowa, NJ (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 Communications in Mathematical Physics.

Blog post
Andrew, E.: The Future Of Rail Travel, And Why It Doesn’t Look Like Hyperloop,


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: Joint Strike Fighter: Significant Challenges and Decisions Ahead. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (2010)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Bradley, K.A.: A Tennessee Irish Picnic: Foodways and Complex Community Dynamics, (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
Baker, A.L., McKINLEY, J.C., Jr: City Agency Shuts Down Group Home Where 3 Teenage Rape Suspects Lived, (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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