How to format your references using the Revista Matemática Complutense citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Revista Matemática Complutense. 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
Carrero-Martínez, F.A.: Education. Rethink summer student research. Science. 334, 313 (2011)
A journal article with 2 authors
Viscidi, R.P., Shah, K.V.: Cancer. A skin cancer virus? Science. 319, 1049–1050 (2008)
A journal article with 3 authors
Ford, H.L., Ravelo, A.C., Polissar, P.J.: Reduced El Niño-Southern Oscillation during the Last Glacial Maximum. Science. 347, 255–258 (2015)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
El-Atwani, O., Hinks, J.A., Greaves, G., Gonderman, S., Qiu, T., Efe, M., Allain, J.P.: In-situ TEM observation of the response of ultrafine- and nanocrystalline-grained tungsten to extreme irradiation environments. Sci. Rep. 4, 4716 (2014)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Johnson, D.W., Woodward, J.L.: Release. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ (2010)
An edited book
Gerlach, G., Arndt, K.-F. eds: Hydrogel Sensors and Actuators: Engineering and Technology. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (2010)
A chapter in an edited book
Andersen, P.K., Skovgaard, L.T.: One quantitative covariate. In: Skovgaard, L.T. (ed.) Regression with Linear Predictors. pp. 173–230. Springer, New York, NY (2010)

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 Revista Matemática Complutense.

Blog post
Andrew, E.: How To Run A Marathon (Hint: It’s All In The Mind),


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: Business Systems Modernization: Strategy for Evolving DOD’s Business Enterprise Architecture Offers a Conceptual Approach, but Execution Details Are Needed. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (2007)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Etchberger, J.F.: The cis-regulatory logic of gustatory neuron development in Caenorhabditis elegans, (2008)

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
Davey, M.: Bankruptcy Lawyer Is Named to Rescue Detroit From Fiscal Disaster, (2013)

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 titleRevista Matemática Complutense
AbbreviationRev. Mat. Complut.
ISSN (print)1139-1138
ISSN (online)1988-2807
ScopeGeneral Mathematics

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