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
Forde, A., 2005. The class of 2005. Germany: deciphering cellular processes. Science 310, 519–520.
A journal article with 2 authors
Cantrell, R.P., Reeves, T.G., 2002. The rice genome. The cereal of the world’s poor takes center stage. Science 296, 53.
A journal article with 3 authors
Allen, M., Raper, S., Mitchell, J., 2001. Climate change. Uncertainty in the IPCC’s Third Assessment Report. Science 293, 430–433.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Fleitmann, D., Burns, S.J., Mudelsee, M., Neff, U., Kramers, J., Mangini, A., Matter, A., 2003. Holocene forcing of the Indian monsoon recorded in a stalagmite from southern Oman. Science 300, 1737–1739.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lindahl, D., 2008. Multi-Family Millions. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Herrmann, G., Pearson, M.J., Lenz, A., Bremner, P., Spiers, A., Leonards, U. (Eds.), 2013. Social Robotics: 5th International Conference, ICSR 2013, Bristol, UK, October 27-29, 2013, Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Bruno, R., Carbone, V., 2016. Turbulence Studied via Elsässer Variables, in: Carbone, V. (Ed.), Turbulence in the Solar Wind, Lecture Notes in Physics. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 99–151.

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, D., 2017. 22q11.2 Deletion: The Most Common Syndrome You Have Never Heard Of [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, 2014. Information Technology: HUD Can Take Additional Actions to Improve Its Governance (No. GAO-15-56). 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
Yobby, J., 2017. Application of Genetic Algorithm Optimization of Thermodynamic Fluids Designs (Doctoral dissertation). Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL.

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
Poniewozik, J., 2017. Failure Is an Art Form. New York Times C1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Forde, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Cantrell and Reeves, 2002; Forde, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Cantrell and Reeves, 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Fleitmann et al., 2003)

About the journal

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

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