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
Norman, C., 2012. 2011 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge. Science 335, 525–535.
A journal article with 2 authors
Levine, B., Elazar, Z., 2011. Development. Inheriting maternal mtDNA. Science 334, 1069–1070.
A journal article with 3 authors
Takahashi, Y., Sipp, D., Enomoto, H., 2013. Tissue interactions in neural crest cell development and disease. Science 341, 860–863.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Johnson, T.C., Brown, E.T., McManus, J., Barry, S., Barker, P., Gasse, F., 2002. A high-resolution paleoclimate record spanning the past 25,000 years in southern East Africa. Science 296, 113–132.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Seifert, R.J., 2015. Profiting from Weekly Options. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Moritz, E.F., Haake, S. (Eds.), 2006. The Engineering of Sport 6: Volume 1: Developments for Sports. Springer, New York, NY.
A chapter in an edited book
Ferner, R.E., 2011. Psychological Impact of the Neurofibromatoses, in: Huson, S.M., Evans, D.G.R. (Eds.), Neurofibromatoses in Clinical Practice. Springer, London, pp. 129–140.

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., 2015. What The Hell Is Going On In This Lake? [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, 1981. Consistent Criteria Are Needed To Assess Small-Business Innovation Initiatives (No. PAD-81-15). 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
Gajewski, T.J., 2014. Exploring leadership styles from a mediator’s perspective: A phenomenological study examining four specific organizational leadership styles and their relationship to four mediation styles as summarized by Leonard L. Riskin (Doctoral dissertation). Pepperdine University, Malibu, 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
Schwartz, J., 2016. Picking a Portfolio With Pokéballs. New York Times BU19.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Norman, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Levine and Elazar, 2011; Norman, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Levine and Elazar, 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Johnson et al., 2002)

About the journal

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

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