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
Segrè, G., 2000. The Big Bang and the genetic code. Nature 404, 437.
A journal article with 2 authors
Al Khawaja, U., Stoof, H., 2001. Skyrmions in a ferromagnetic Bose-Einstein condensate. Nature 411, 918–920.
A journal article with 3 authors
Dillon, R.J., Vennard, C.T., Charnley, A.K., 2000. Exploitation of gut bacteria in the locust. Nature 403, 851.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Hanaguri, T., Lupien, C., Kohsaka, Y., Lee, D.-H., Azuma, M., Takano, M., Takagi, H., Davis, J.C., 2004. A “checkerboard” electronic crystal state in lightly hole-doped Ca2-xNaxCuO2Cl2. Nature 430, 1001–1005.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Angueira, P., Romo, J.A., 2012. Microwave Line of Sight Link Engineering. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Dyck, V.A., Hendrichs, J., Robinson, A.S. (Eds.), 2005. Sterile Insect Technique: Principles and Practice in Area-Wide Integrated Pest Management. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Baier, C., Bertrand, N., Bouyer, P., Brihaye, T., 2009. When Are Timed Automata Determinizable?, in: Albers, S., Marchetti-Spaccamela, A., Matias, Y., Nikoletseas, S., Thomas, W. (Eds.), Automata, Languages and Programming: 36th Internatilonal Collogquium, ICALP 2009, Rhodes, Greece, July 5-12, 2009, Proceedings, Part II, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 43–54.

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
Andrews, R., 2016. Pluto’s Heart Is A Young Radioactive Sea Of Flowing Nitrogen Icebergs [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, 1997. General Government Information Systems Issue Area--Active Assignments (No. AA-97-28(1)). 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
Koenig, W.E., 2010. Leadership for the whole in the mythic field of C. G. Jung’s unconscious processes (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
Wagner, J., 2016. Dodgers Rally, Then Call Upon Their Ace in 9th to Advance. New York Times B10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Segrè, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Al Khawaja and Stoof, 2001; Segrè, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Al Khawaja and Stoof, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Hanaguri et al., 2004)

About the journal

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

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