How to format your references using the Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education. 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
Moskovits, M. (2011). Applied physics. Hot electrons cross boundaries. Science (New York, N.Y.), 332(6030), 676–677.
A journal article with 2 authors
Losos, J. B., & Pringle, R. M. (2011). Competition, predation and natural selection in island lizards. Nature, 475(7355), E1-2; discussion E3.
A journal article with 3 authors
Murakami, S., Nagaosa, N., & Zhang, S.-C. (2003). Dissipationless quantum spin current at room temperature. Science (New York, N.Y.), 301(5638), 1348–1351.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Martin, R. D., Maclarnon, A. M., Phillips, J. L., Dussubieux, L., Williams, P. R., & Dobyns, W. B. (2006). Comment on “The Brain of LB1, Homo floresiensis.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 312(5776), 999; author reply 999.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Youssef, H. A. (2015). Machining of Stainless Steels and Super Alloys. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Tankut, A. T. (Ed.). (2009). Earthquakes and Tsunamis: Civil Engineering Disaster Mitigation Activities Implementing Millennium Development Goals (1st ed., Vol. 11). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Llinás, R. R. (2009). Umwelt: A Psychomotor Functional Event. In A. Berthoz & Y. Christen (Eds.), Neurobiology of “Umwelt”: How Living Beings Perceive the World (pp. 29–37). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

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 Mathematics Teacher Education.

Blog post
Andrews, R. (2015, October 15). Mathematical Bedtime Stories Significantly Improve School Performance. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 2018


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. (2016). Polar Satellites: NOAA Faces Challenges and Uncertainties that Could Affect the Availability of Critical Weather Data (No. GAO-16-773T). Washington, DC: 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
Ambaw, Y. (2017). Promoting the well-being of black student athletes: A grant proposal (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Shear, M. D. (2017, June 15). President Questions Clinton Ties To Russia. New York Times, p. A19.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Moskovits 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Losos and Pringle 2011; Moskovits 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Losos and Pringle 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Martin et al. 2006)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Mathematics Teacher Education
AbbreviationJ. Math. Teach. Educ.
ISSN (print)1386-4416
ISSN (online)1573-1820
ScopeGeneral Mathematics

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