How to format your references using the IMA Journal of Management Mathematics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IMA Journal of Management Mathematics. 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
Dixon, R.A. (2001) Natural products and plant disease resistance. Nature, 411, 843–847.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kolaczkowski, B. & Thornton, J.W. (2004) Performance of maximum parsimony and likelihood phylogenetics when evolution is heterogeneous. Nature, 431, 980–984.
A journal article with 3 authors
Duthie, C., Gibbs, G., & Burns, K.C. (2006) Seed dispersal by weta. Science, 311, 1575.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Alvarez, S.E., Harikumar, K.B., Hait, N.C., Allegood, J., Strub, G.M., Kim, E.Y., Maceyka, M., Jiang, H., Luo, C., Kordula, T., Milstien, S., & Spiegel, S. (2010) Sphingosine-1-phosphate is a missing cofactor for the E3 ubiquitin ligase TRAF2. Nature, 465, 1084–1088.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Quinlan, J. & VanderBrug, J. (2016) Gender Lens Investing. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Kind, M., Peukert, W., Rehage, H., & Schuchmann, H.P. (2015) Colloid Process Engineering. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Xu, J., Wang, S., & Ma, J. (2015) Experiments and Results. Protein Homology Detection Through Alignment of Markov Random Fields: Using MRFalign, SpringerBriefs in Computer Science (Wang, S. & Ma, J. eds). Cham: Springer International Publishing, pp. 37–48.

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 IMA Journal of Management Mathematics.

Blog post
Andrew, D. (2016) Can Stem Cell Therapy Really Treat Multiple Sclerosis? IFLScience. URL


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 (2015) Library of Congress: Strong Leadership Needed to Address Serious Information Technology Management Weaknesses ( No. GAO-15-315). 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
Fresolone, C. (2012) The pedagogical use of Gerald Near’s “Chantworks” (Doctoral dissertation).

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
Van Gelder, S.K.C. by L. (2004) Arts, Briefly; Saving Shostakovich. New York Times, E2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Doms, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Donnenberg, 2000; Macilwain, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Kolaczkowski & Thornton, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Rothschild et al., 2018)

About the journal

Full journal titleIMA Journal of Management Mathematics
AbbreviationIMA J. Manag. Math.
ISSN (print)1471-678X
ISSN (online)1471-6798
ScopeManagement Information Systems
Strategy and Management
Management Science and Operations Research
General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
Applied Mathematics
Modelling and Simulation

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