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
Smaglik, P., 2003. Northern England: rising star. Nature 425, 430–433.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kang, S., Douglas, T., 2010. Biochemistry. Some enzymes just need a space of their own. Science 327, 42–43.
A journal article with 3 authors
Xu, L., Li, X.-Q., Sun, Q.-F., 2014. Revisit the spin-FET: multiple reflection, inelastic scattering, and lateral size effects. Sci. Rep. 4, 7527.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Hall, C., Tharakan, P., Hallock, J., Cleveland, C., Jefferson, M., 2003. Hydrocarbons and the evolution of human culture. Nature 426, 318–322.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Monino, J.-L., Sedkaoui, S., 2016. Big Data, Open Data and Data Development. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Demchenko, A.P. (Ed.), 2009. Introduction to Fluorescence Sensing. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Gentili, G., Di Napoli, M., 2015. Wrist, Elbow – Digit II, III; Wrist – Digit II, III, in: Di Napoli, M. (Ed.), The Median Nerve: Sensory Conduction Studies. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 27–36.

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
O`Callaghan, J., 2015. This Robotic Finger Looks and Flexes Just Like Your Own [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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. Credit Programs: Key Agencies Should Better Document Procedures for Estimating Subsidy Costs (No. GAO-16-269). 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
Wang, S., 2017. Experimental Investigations of the Critical Flowback Velocity for Various Types of Proppant in Hydraulic-Fracturing Fluids with Different Viscosities (Doctoral dissertation). University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA.

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
Crow, K., 2000. A Mister Softee Who Found His Calling. New York Times 144.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Smaglik, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Kang and Douglas, 2010; Smaglik, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Kang and Douglas, 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Hall 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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