How to format your references using the Journal of Maps citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Maps. 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
Houllier, F. (2012). Biotechnology: Bring more rigour to GM research. Nature, 491(7424), 327.
A journal article with 2 authors
Rodrigues, A. R., & Tabin, C. J. (2013). Developmental biology. Deserts and waves in gene expression. Science (New York, N.Y.), 340(6137), 1181–1182.
A journal article with 3 authors
Whiting, M. F., Bradler, S., & Maxwell, T. (2003). Loss and recovery of wings in stick insects. Nature, 421(6920), 264–267.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Greilich, A., Shabaev, A., Yakovlev, D. R., Efros, A. L., Yugova, I. A., Reuter, D., Wieck, A. D., & Bayer, M. (2007). Nuclei-induced frequency focusing of electron spin coherence. Science (New York, N.Y.), 317(5846), 1896–1899.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Joglekar, A. M. (2010). Industrial Statistics. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Griffiths, P. (2013). Rational Homotopy Theory and Differential Forms (J. Morgan, Ed.; 2nd ed. 2013, Vol. 16). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Kim, A. Y. (2016). Defecography: Technique, Interpretation and Clinical Application. In U. C. Ghoshal (Ed.), Evaluation of Gastrointestinal Motility and its Disorders (pp. 49–61). Springer India.

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 Journal of Maps.

Blog post
O`Callaghan, J. (2015, October 1). Asteroid Impact May Have Intensified Volcanic Eruptions And Wiped Out The Dinosaurs. IFLScience; IFLScience.


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. (1996). Space Station: Cost Control Difficulties Continue (NSIAD-96-135). U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Christiansen, D. A. (2012). Investigation of magnetic proximity effect in ferromagnet/superconductor thin films by low temperature Magneto Optical Kerr Effect measurement [Doctoral dissertation]. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Stewart, J. B. (2017, June 22). Monkey Throwing Darts Loses a Faithful Disciple. New York Times, B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Houllier, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Houllier, 2012; Rodrigues & Tabin, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Rodrigues & Tabin, 2013)
  • Three authors: (Whiting et al., 2003)
  • 6 or more authors: (Greilich et al., 2007)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Maps
AbbreviationJ. Maps
ISSN (online)1744-5647

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