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
Buat, V. (2015). Astrophysics: Dust-poor galaxies at early times. Nature, 522(7557), 422–423.
A journal article with 2 authors
Zhou, J., & Guo, L. J. (2014). Transition from a spectrum filter to a polarizer in a metallic nano-slit array. Scientific reports, 4, 3614.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wild, K., Sinning, I., & Cusack, S. (2001). Crystal structure of an early protein-RNA assembly complex of the signal recognition particle. Science (New York, N.Y.), 294(5542), 598–601.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Meyer, J. C., Girit, C. O., Crommie, M. F., & Zettl, A. (2008). Imaging and dynamics of light atoms and molecules on graphene. Nature, 454(7202), 319–322.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kitajima, M. (2016). Memory and Action Selection in Human-Machine Interaction. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Kostianoy, A. G., & Lavrova, O. Y. (Eds.). (2014). Oil Pollution in the Baltic Sea (Vol. 27). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Bitner-Gregersen, E. M., Eide, L. I., Hørte, T., & Skjong, R. (2013). Summary of Past and Future Climate Change. In L. I. Eide, T. Hørte, & R. Skjong (Eds.), Ship and Offshore Structure Design in Climate Change Perspective (pp. 39–41). 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
Fang, J. (2014, July 9). Ancient Spider-Like Predator Resurrected. 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. (1988). Air Traffic Control: Efforts to Expand the New York Terminal Area Automation System (No. IMTEC-88-29). 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
Abraham, E. D. (2015). A mental health community outreach and education program for Nigerian immigrants: A grant writing project (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
Surico, J. (2016, December 6). A Jail Officer Is Fatally Shot In Brooklyn. New York Times, p. A22.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Buat 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Buat 2015; Zhou and Guo 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Zhou and Guo 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Meyer et al. 2008)

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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