How to format your references using the Journal of Mathematical Physics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Mathematical Physics. 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
1 J.D. Franson, Science 329, 396 (2010).
A journal article with 2 authors
1 C. Grande and N.H. Patel, Nature 457, 1007 (2009).
A journal article with 3 authors
1 L. Muchnik, S. Aral, and S.J. Taylor, Science 341, 647 (2013).
A journal article with 4 or more authors
1 M.E. Egan, M. Pearson, S.A. Weiner, V. Rajendran, D. Rubin, J. Glöckner-Pagel, S. Canny, K. Du, G.L. Lukacs, and M.J. Caplan, Science 304, 600 (2004).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1 J.D. Holmes, Great Myths of Education and Learning (John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ, 2016).
An edited book
1 M. Montini and S. Bogdanovic, editors , Environmental Security in South-Eastern Europe: International Agreements and Their Implementation (Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2011).
A chapter in an edited book
1 R. Enficiaud, in Image Analysis and Recognition: 7th International Conference, ICIAR 2010, Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal, June 21-23, 2010. Proceedings, Part I, edited by A. Campilho and M. Kamel (Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010), pp. 35–44.

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 Mathematical Physics.

Blog post
1 E. Andrew, IFLScience (2014).


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
1 Government Accountability Office, Agreement Needed on DOD Guidelines for Exempting Certain ADP Equipment and Service Procurements From the Brooks Act (U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1982).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1 A. Tickner, Production and Consumption at the Hillfort Site of Mont Dardon, France: An Archeobotanical Analysis, Doctoral dissertation, University of North Carolina, 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
1 B. Sisario, New York Times B4 (2017).

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

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 titleJournal of Mathematical Physics
AbbreviationJ. Math. Phys.
ISSN (print)0022-2488
ISSN (online)1089-7658
ScopeMathematical Physics
Statistical and Nonlinear Physics

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