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
Northup, T.: Quantum physics: Squeezed ions in two places at once. Nature. 521, 295–296 (2015)
A journal article with 2 authors
Prawer, S., Greentree, A.D.: Applied physics. Diamond for quantum computing. Science. 320, 1601–1602 (2008)
A journal article with 3 authors
Gorb, E.V., Purtov, J., Gorb, S.N.: Adhesion force measurements on the two wax layers of the waxy zone in Nepenthes alata pitchers. Sci. Rep. 4, 5154 (2014)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Benoff, B., Yang, H., Lawson, C.L., Parkinson, G., Liu, J., Blatter, E., Ebright, Y.W., Berman, H.M., Ebright, R.H.: Structural basis of transcription activation: the CAP-alpha CTD-DNA complex. Science. 297, 1562–1566 (2002)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rezg, N., Dellagi, S., Khatab, A.: Joint Optimization of Maintenance and Production Policies. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK (2014)
An edited book
Frishman, D., Valencia, A. eds: Modern Genome Annotation: The BioSapiens Network. Springer, Vienna (2008)
A chapter in an edited book
Crowder, J.A., Friess, S.: Productivity Tools for the Modern Team. In: Friess, S. (ed.) Agile Project Management: Managing for Success. pp. 43–48. Springer International Publishing, Cham (2015)

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
Andrew, E.: Won’t Somebody Think Of The Children? Five Reasons Why Drug Panics Are Counterproductive


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: Financial Literacy and Education Commission: Progress Made in Fostering Partnerships, but National Strategy Remains Largely Descriptive Rather Than Strategic. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (2009)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Paoletti, M.S.: Experimental characterization of turbulent superfluid helium, (2010)

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
Lee, L.: Anarchy? No, It’s Art, (2008)

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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