How to format your references using the Mathematical Social Sciences citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Mathematical Social Sciences. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Miralda-Escudé, J., 2001. Cosmology. Probing matter at the lowest densities. Science 293, 1055–1056.
A journal article with 2 authors
State, M.W., Šestan, N., 2012. Neuroscience. The emerging biology of autism spectrum disorders. Science 337, 1301–1303.
A journal article with 3 authors
Carbone, F., Kwon, O.-H., Zewail, A.H., 2009. Dynamics of chemical bonding mapped by energy-resolved 4D electron microscopy. Science 325, 181–184.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Hanada, K., Kumagai, K., Yasuda, S., Miura, Y., Kawano, M., Fukasawa, M., Nishijima, M., 2003. Molecular machinery for non-vesicular trafficking of ceramide. Nature 426, 803–809.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Tschirhart, M., Bielefeld, W., 2012. Managing Nonprofit Organizations. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., San Francisco.
An edited book
Caragiannis, I., Alexander, M., Badia, R.M., Cannataro, M., Costan, A., Danelutto, M., Desprez, F., Krammer, B., Sahuquillo, J., Scott, S.L., Weidendorfer, J. (Eds.), 2013. Euro-Par 2012: Parallel Processing Workshops: BDMC, CGWS, HeteroPar, HiBB, OMHI, Paraphrase, PROPER, Resilience, UCHPC, VHPC, Rhodes Islands, Greece, August 27-31, 2012. Revised Selected Papers, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Nishino, S., 2011. Histamine in Narcolepsy and Excessive Daytime Sleepiness, in: Baumann, C.R., Bassetti, C.L., Scammell, T.E. (Eds.), Narcolepsy: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Treatment. Springer, New York, NY, pp. 47–60.

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 Social Sciences.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2015. How To Make A Big Difference To Global Warming – Make Cities Cooler [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL https://www.iflscience.com/environment/how-make-big-difference-global-warming-make-cities-cooler/ (accessed 10.30.18).

Reports

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, 1991. Aerospace Plane Technology: Research and Development Efforts in Europe (No. NSIAD-91-194). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Litt, D., 2010. Social networking sites and adolescent alcohol use: The role of social images, social norms, and social comparison (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Gorman, J., 2016. The Bee Stalkers. New York Times D1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Miralda-Escudé, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Miralda-Escudé, 2001; State and Šestan, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (State and Šestan, 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Hanada et al., 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleMathematical Social Sciences
AbbreviationMath. Soc. Sci.
ISSN (print)0165-4896
ScopeStatistics, Probability and Uncertainty
General Psychology
General Social Sciences
Sociology and Political Science

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