How to format your references using the IMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information. 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
Laughlin, G. (2015) Astronomy: A Mars-sized exoplanet. Nature, 522, 290–291.
A journal article with 2 authors
Scheuring, S. & Sturgis, J.N. (2005) Chromatic adaptation of photosynthetic membranes. Science, 309, 484–487.
A journal article with 3 authors
Binshtok, A.M., Bean, B.P., & Woolf, C.J. (2007) Inhibition of nociceptors by TRPV1-mediated entry of impermeant sodium channel blockers. Nature, 449, 607–610.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Schlacher, K., Cox, M.M., Woodgate, R., & Goodman, M.F. (2006) RecA acts in trans to allow replication of damaged DNA by DNA polymerase V. Nature, 442, 883–887.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kulaev, I.S., Vagabov, V.M., & Kulakovskaya, T.V. (2005) The Biochemistry of Inorganic Polyphosphates. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Raulin, C. & Karsai, S. (2011) Laser and IPL Technology in Dermatology and Aesthetic Medicine. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Seltrecht, A. (2015) Not Just for Women. Private World(s): Gender and Informal Learning of Adults (Ostrouch-Kamińska, J. & Vieira, C.C. eds). Rotterdam: SensePublishers, pp. 41–57.

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 Mathematical Control and Information.

Blog post
Carpineti, A. (2016) Sun’s Coronal Loops Recreated In The Lab. 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 (1984) Participation in the National School Lunch Program ( No. RCED-84-132). 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
Luo, S.X. (2009) Theoretical models of olfactory discrimination in Drosophila (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
Meyerowitz, R. & Kelly, S. (2007) Box Seats; THE BIRDS OF SUMMER. New York Times, 810.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Laughlin, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Scheuring & Sturgis, 2005; Laughlin, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Scheuring & Sturgis, 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Schlacher et al., 2006)

About the journal

Full journal titleIMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information
AbbreviationIMA J. Math. Control Inform.
ISSN (print)0265-0754
ISSN (online)1471-6887
ScopeControl and Systems Engineering
Applied Mathematics
Control and Optimization

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