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
Crabtree, R.H., 2007. Chemistry. No protection required. Science 318, 756–757.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ralph, T.C., Boyd, R.W., 2007. PHYSICS. Better computing with photons. Science 318, 1251–1252.
A journal article with 3 authors
Miller-Butterworth, C.M., Jacobs, D.S., Harley, E.H., 2003. Strong population substructure is correlated with morphology and ecology in a migratory bat. Nature 424, 187–191.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Vermot, J., Gallego Llamas, J., Fraulob, V., Niederreither, K., Chambon, P., Dollé, P., 2005. Retinoic acid controls the bilateral symmetry of somite formation in the mouse embryo. Science 308, 563–566.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bajpai, P., 2010. Environmentally Friendly Production of Pulp and Paper. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Ranj Bar, A., 2014. Confidentiality and Integrity in Crowdsourcing Systems, SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Manzo, C., Marrucci, L., Manzo, P., 2008. Time-Resolved Fluorescence and Dichroism in Absorbing Liquids, in: Torre, R. (Ed.), Time-Resolved Spectroscopy in Complex Liquids: An Experimental Perspective. Springer US, Boston, MA, pp. 217–245.

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
Luntz, S., 2015. Unenthusiastic Sex Doesn’t Make You Happy [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, 1989. Computer Systems: Types and Sources of Department of State Lookout Records (No. IMTEC-89-71FS). 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
Stevens, J.W., 2008. Perception of counselor ethical behavior: A quantitative look at dual relationships in Maine (Doctoral dissertation). Capella University, Minneapolis, MN.

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

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Crabtree, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Crabtree, 2007; Ralph and Boyd, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Ralph and Boyd, 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Vermot et al., 2005)

About the journal

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

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