How to format your references using the Mathematical Physics, Analysis and Geometry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Mathematical Physics, Analysis and Geometry. 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
Smaglik, P.: Closing the gap. Nature. 433, 335 (2005)
A journal article with 2 authors
Heilbron, J.L., Bynum, W.F.: Millennial highlights...from Gerbert d’Aurillac to Watson and Crick. Nature. 403, 13–16 (2000)
A journal article with 3 authors
Pandey, S., Goswami, G.K., Nanda, K.K.: Nanocomposite based flexible ultrasensitive resistive gas sensor for chemical reactions studies. Sci. Rep. 3, 2082 (2013)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Wang, Y.-N., Hou, Y.-Y., Sun, M.-Z., Zhang, C.-Y., Bai, G., Zhao, X., Feng, X.-Z.: Behavioural screening of zebrafish using neuroactive traditional Chinese medicine prescriptions and biological targets. Sci. Rep. 4, 5311 (2014)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Upreti, S.R.: Process Modeling and Simulation for Chemical Engineers. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK (2017)
An edited book
AbuRahma, A.F., Bergan, J.J. eds: Noninvasive Vascular Diagnosis: A Practical Guide to Therapy. Springer, London (2007)
A chapter in an edited book
Bandyopadhyay, P.S., Brittan, G., Taper, M.L.: A Subjective Bayesian Surrogate for Evidence. In: Brittan, G., Jr. and Taper, M.L. (eds.) Belief, Evidence, and Uncertainty: Problems of Epistemic Inference. pp. 63–72. Springer International Publishing, Cham (2016)

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 Mathematical Physics, Analysis and Geometry.

Blog post
Andrew, E.: SpaceX Rocket Smashes Into Ship During Failed Return Experiment,


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: Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle: DOD Is Addressing Knowledge Gaps in Its New Acquisition Strategy [Reissued on August 13, 2012]. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (2012)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Kemp, L.S.: Perspective processing in language comprehension: Embodied efffects depend on the pronoun, (2013)

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
Schwartz, J.: Forecast Hints That Hurricane Matthew Could Return, (2016)

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

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 titleMathematical Physics, Analysis and Geometry
AbbreviationMath. Phys. Anal. Geom.
ISSN (print)1385-0172
ISSN (online)1572-9656
ScopeGeometry and Topology
Mathematical Physics

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