How to format your references using the Inventiones mathematicae citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Inventiones mathematicae. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Mirabel, I.F.: Astronomy. Gamma-ray binaries revealed. Science. 335, 175–176 (2012)
A journal article with 2 authors
Kalnay, E., Cai, M.: Impact of urbanization and land-use change on climate. Nature. 423, 528–531 (2003)
A journal article with 3 authors
Hurrell, J.W., Kushnir, Y., Visbeck, M.: Climate. The North Atlantic oscillation. Science. 291, 603–605 (2001)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Mueller, K.L., Hoon, M.A., Erlenbach, I., Chandrashekar, J., Zuker, C.S., Ryba, N.J.P.: The receptors and coding logic for bitter taste. Nature. 434, 225–229 (2005)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kerzner, H.: Project Management Case Studies. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ (2017)
An edited book
Matteotti, R., Ashley, S.W. eds: Minimally Invasive Surgical Oncology: State-of- the-Art Cancer Management. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (2011)
A chapter in an edited book
Chen, X., Liu, Y., Tu, D.: Surface Modification Chemistry of Lanthanide-Doped Nanoparticles. In: Liu, Y. and Tu, D. (eds.) Lanthanide-Doped Luminescent Nanomaterials: From Fundamentals to Bioapplications. pp. 59–74. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (2014)

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 Inventiones mathematicae.

Blog post
Davis, J.: One-Third Of The Great Barrier Reef Coral Dead, As Australia Censors A UN Climate Report,


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: Year 2000 Computing Crisis: Readiness Improving But Much Work Remains to Ensure Delivery of Critical Services. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (1999)

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Ward, S.: Historiography, prophecy, and literature: “Divina retribución” and its underlying ideological agenda, (2009)

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
Gustines, G.G.: Weak Sales Doom Black Panther Spinoff, (2017)

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1, 2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleInventiones mathematicae
AbbreviationInvent. Math.
ISSN (print)0020-9910
ISSN (online)1432-1297
ScopeGeneral Mathematics

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