How to format your references using the Discrete Mathematics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Discrete Mathematics. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
H.H. Kampinga, Molecular biology: It takes two to untangle, Nature. 524 (2015) 169–170.
A journal article with 2 authors
K.D. Jordan, M.A. Johnson, Chemistry. Downsizing the hydrated electron’s lair, Science. 329 (2010) 42–43.
A journal article with 3 authors
K. Müller, D.A. Fedosov, G. Gompper, Margination of micro- and nano-particles in blood flow and its effect on drug delivery, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 4871.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
M. Holmgren, J. Wagg, F. Bezanilla, R.F. Rakowski, P. De Weer, D.C. Gadsby, Three distinct and sequential steps in the release of sodium ions by the Na+/K+-ATPase, Nature. 403 (2000) 898–901.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
V. Sehgal, Supply Chain as Strategic Asset, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2011.
An edited book
W. Freeden, M.Z. Nashed, T. Sonar, eds., Handbook of Geomathematics, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
T.J. Cleophas, A.H. Zwinderman, Unpaired Continuous Data (Unpaired t-Tests, Mann–Whitney) (20 Patients), in: A.H. Zwinderman (Ed.), SPSS for Starters: SPSS for Starters, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2010: pp. 11–13.

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 Discrete Mathematics.

Blog post
R. Andrews, Super-Salty Murderous “Deadpool” Lurks At The Bottom Of The Gulf Of Mexico, IFLScience. (2016). (accessed October 30, 2018).


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, Mass Transit: FTA Needs to Provide Clear Information and Additional Guidance on the New Starts Ratings Process, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2003.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
V. Stanford, Finding theatre from within: Augusto Boal’s Games for Non-Actors in an Introduction to Acting class, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2016.

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
M. Billard, For Stepping Across a Bridge, New York Times. (2010) E5.

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 titleDiscrete Mathematics
AbbreviationDiscrete Math.
ISSN (print)0012-365X
ScopeDiscrete Mathematics and Combinatorics
Theoretical Computer Science

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