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 K. MacLeod, Nature 406, 129 (2000).
A journal article with 2 authors
1 C. Adam and V. Vidal, Science 328, 83 (2010).
A journal article with 3 authors
1 M. Pertea, S.L. Salzberg, and M.J. Gardner, Nature 404, 34; discussion 34 (2000).
A journal article with 4 or more authors
1 Y. Sato, M. Iketani, Y. Kurihara, M. Yamaguchi, N. Yamashita, F. Nakamura, Y. Arie, T. Kawasaki, T. Hirata, T. Abe, H. Kiyonari, S.M. Strittmatter, Y. Goshima, and K. Takei, Science 333, 769 (2011).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1 C.H. Elliott and L.L. Smith, Overcoming Anxiety for Dummies® (Wiley Publishing, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2010).
An edited book
1 M. Pehnt, Micro Cogeneration: Towards Decentralized Energy Systems (Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2006).
A chapter in an edited book
1 R. Wang, in Advances in Electronic Engineering, Communication and Management Vol.1: Proceedings of 2011 International Conference on Electronic Engineering, Communication and Management(EECM 2011), Held on December 24-25, 2011, Beijing, China, edited by D. Jin and S. Lin (Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012), pp. 25–28.

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 (2016).


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, Content Analysis: A Methodology for Structuring and Analyzing Written Material--Transfer Paper 10.1.3 (U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1989).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1 V. Perez, Overrepresentation of American Indian Youth in Foster Care: A Grant Proposal, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 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
1 D. Bilefsky and S. Castle, New York Times A6 (2013).

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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