How to format your references using the Historia Mathematica citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Historia Mathematica. 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
Govindan, R., 2014. Cancer. Attack of the clones. Science 346, 169–170.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hawthorne, D.J., Via, S., 2001. Genetic linkage of ecological specialization and reproductive isolation in pea aphids. Nature 412, 904–907.
A journal article with 3 authors
Mason, A.C., Oshinsky, M.L., Hoy, R.R., 2001. Hyperacute directional hearing in a microscale auditory system. Nature 410, 686–690.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Zhao, S., Xu, W., Jiang, W., Yu, W., Lin, Y., Zhang, T., Yao, J., Zhou, L., Zeng, Y., Li, H., Li, Y., Shi, J., An, W., Hancock, S.M., He, F., Qin, L., Chin, J., Yang, P., Chen, X., Lei, Q., Xiong, Y., Guan, K.-L., 2010. Regulation of cellular metabolism by protein lysine acetylation. Science 327, 1000–1004.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Naylor, W., Laverty, D., Mallett, J., 2008. The Royal Marsden Hospital Handbook of Wound Management in Cancer Care. Blackwell Science Ltd, Oxford, UK.
An edited book
Wang, H., Sharaf, M.A. (Eds.), 2014. Databases Theory and Applications: 25th Australasian Database Conference, ADC 2014, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, July 14-16, 2014. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Battiti, R., Mascia, F., Brunato, M., 2009. Reactive Prohibitions, in: Brunato, M., Mascia, F. (Eds.), Reactive Search and Intelligent Optimization, Operations Research/Computer Science Interfaces Series. Springer US, Boston, MA, pp. 1–24.

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 Historia Mathematica.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2014. Spectacular GoPro Footage Of Polar Bears Searching For Ice [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 2011. Commercial Space Transportation: Industry Trends and Key Issues Affecting Federal Oversight and International Competitiveness (No. GAO-11-629T). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Tomlinson, K.L., 2008. Working with the imaginal: Art-making and dialogue with figures of soul (Doctoral dissertation). Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA.

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
Urban, M., Deegan, L., 2016. T-Shirt Weather in the Arctic. New York Times A23.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Govindan, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Govindan, 2014; Hawthorne and Via, 2001).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Hawthorne and Via, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Zhao et al., 2010)

About the journal

Full journal titleHistoria Mathematica
AbbreviationHistoria Math.
ISSN (print)0315-0860
General Mathematics

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