How to format your references using the Multidimensional Systems and Signal Processing citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Multidimensional Systems and Signal Processing. 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
Kielpinski, D. (2015). Quantum physics: Quantum sound waves stick together. Nature, 527(7576), 45–46.
A journal article with 2 authors
Brody, H., & Miko, I. (2012). Lenses on biology. Nature, 483(7387), S1.
A journal article with 3 authors
De Pontieu, B., Title, A., & Carlsson, M. (2014). Eyeing the Sun. Probing the solar interface region. Introduction. Science (New York, N.Y.), 346(6207), 315.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Zielke, N., Kim, K. J., Tran, V., Shibutani, S. T., Bravo, M.-J., Nagarajan, S., et al. (2011). Control of Drosophila endocycles by E2F and CRL4(CDT2). Nature, 480(7375), 123–127.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gywat, O., Krenner, H. J., & Berezovsky, J. (2009). Spins in Optically Active Quantum Dots. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Anagnostopoulos, G., & Miller, F. D., Jr. (Eds.). (2013). Reason and Analysis in Ancient Greek Philosophy: Essays in Honor of David Keyt (Vol. 120). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
McNally, R. J. (2012). Searching for Repressed Memory. In R. F. Belli (Ed.), True and False Recovered Memories: Toward a Reconciliation of the Debate (pp. 121–147). New York, NY: 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 Multidimensional Systems and Signal Processing.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2014, July 15). Hubble Captures the Glowing Heart of a Spiral Galaxy. 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). Federal Research: Small Business Involvement in Federal Research and Development (No. RCED-88-90BR). 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
Busalacchi, N. M. (2013). Access to healthcare: Disparities between the non-elderly adult population (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
de la MERCED, M. J. (2017, October 23). B Capital Group Names Start-Up Star Its Chairman. New York Times, p. B4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kielpinski 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Brody and Miko 2012; Kielpinski 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Brody and Miko 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Zielke et al. 2011)

About the journal

Full journal titleMultidimensional Systems and Signal Processing
AbbreviationMultidimens. Syst. Signal Process.
ISSN (print)0923-6082
ISSN (online)1573-0824
ScopeArtificial Intelligence
Computer Science Applications
Hardware and Architecture
Information Systems
Signal Processing
Applied Mathematics

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