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
Figer, D.F.: An upper limit to the masses of stars. Nature. 434, 192–194 (2005)
A journal article with 2 authors
Vähärautio, A., Taipale, J.: Cancer. Cancer by super-enhancer. Science. 346, 1291–1292 (2014)
A journal article with 3 authors
Long, S.B., Casey, P.J., Beese, L.S.: Reaction path of protein farnesyltransferase at atomic resolution. Nature. 419, 645–650 (2002)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Li, Q., Wang, X., Xin, Y., Zhang, Z., Zhang, Y., Hao, C., Meng, M., Zheng, L., Zheng, L.: A unified intermediate and mechanism for soot combustion on potassium-supported oxides. Sci. Rep. 4, 4725 (2014)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Alexander, M., Walkenbach, J.: Excel® Dashboards & Reports. Wiley Publishing, Inc., Hoboken, NJ (2010)
An edited book
Greve, R.: Dynamics of Ice Sheets and Glaciers. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (2009)
A chapter in an edited book
Beggs, E.J., Costa, J.F., Tucker, J.V.: Unifying Science Through Computation: Reflections on Computability and Physics. In: Pombo, O., Torres, J.M., Symons, J., and Rahman, S. (eds.) Special Sciences and the Unity of Science. pp. 53–80. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht (2012)

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
Taub, B.: There’s A Gene That Reverses Cellular Aging, And Now We Know How,


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: Health, Education, Employment, and Income Security Reports. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (1994)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Merritt, K.M.: Predicting the Success of Running Back Prospects in the National Football League, (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
Kelly, C.: Frugality Can Be Acquired, but It Can’t Be Bought, (2008)

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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