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
S.H. White, Biochemistry. Crowds of syntaxins, Science. 317 (2007) 1045–1046.
A journal article with 2 authors
C.G. Begley, L.M. Ellis, Drug development: Raise standards for preclinical cancer research, Nature. 483 (2012) 531–533.
A journal article with 3 authors
M. Wang, S. Vijayraghavan, P.S. Goldman-Rakic, Selective D2 receptor actions on the functional circuitry of working memory, Science. 303 (2004) 853–856.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
K. Wagner, J. Janousek, V. Delaubert, H. Zou, C. Harb, N. Treps, J.F. Morizur, P.K. Lam, H.A. Bachor, Entangling the spatial properties of laser beams, Science. 321 (2008) 541–543.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J.C. Santamarina, D. Fratta, Discrete Signals and Inverse Problems, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2006.
An edited book
R. Cuthbertson, Sustainable Supply Chain Management: Practical Ideas for Moving Towards Best Practice, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
S. Lindquist, B. Westerlund, Y. Sundblad, H. Tobiasson, M. Beaudouin-Lafon, W. Mackay, Co-designing Communication Technology with and for Families – Methods, Experience, Results and Impact, in: N. Streitz, A. Kameas, I. Mavrommati (Eds.), The Disappearing Computer: Interaction Design, System Infrastructures and Applications for Smart Environments, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2007: pp. 99–119.

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
T. Hale, Here Are Some Common Sex Myths That Everyone Really Needs To Stop Believing, 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, Comments on Proposed F.P.M.R. Amendment, 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
T. Springborn, The Importance of Teacher/Student Relationships, Doctoral dissertation, Southern Illinois University, 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
M. Pilon, Bowling With World’s Best, Then Rejoining 8th Grade, New York Times. (2012) D1.

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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