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
Kirkwood, T.B.L.: A systematic look at an old problem. Nature. 451, 644–647 (2008)
A journal article with 2 authors
Taylor, J.R.A., Kier, W.M.: Biomechanics: a pneumo-hydrostatic skeleton in land crabs. Nature. 440, 1005 (2006)
A journal article with 3 authors
Kiss, I.Z., Zhai, Y., Hudson, J.L.: Emerging coherence in a population of chemical oscillators. Science. 296, 1676–1678 (2002)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Zhang, X., Guo, G., Ji, C., Huang, K., Zha, C., Wang, Y., Shen, L., Gupta, A., Bao, N.: Efficient thermolysis route to monodisperse Cu₂ZnSnS₄ nanocrystals with controlled shape and structure. Sci. Rep. 4, 5086 (2014)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Cliteur, P.: The Secular Outlook. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK (2010)
An edited book
Eastwood, M., Miller, W. eds: Symmetries and Overdetermined Systems of Partial Differential Equations. Springer, New York, NY (2008)
A chapter in an edited book
Meissner, S., Walewski, J.W.: Guidance to the ARM: Overview. In: Bassi, A., Bauer, M., Fiedler, M., Kramp, T., Kranenburg, R. van, Lange, S., and Meissner, S. (eds.) Enabling Things to Talk: Designing IoT solutions with the IoT Architectural Reference Model. pp. 39–44. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (2013)

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.: Anxious Conservative Or Easygoing Rebel? Busting The Birth-Order Myths


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: Highway Safety: NHTSA’s Activities Concerning State Motorcycle Helmet Laws. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (1997)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Khojandi, N.: Investigating Secondary Infections and their Impact on Host Fitness in the Dictyostelium-Burkholderia Symbiosis System, (2017)

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
Novick, S.M.: Authentic Mexican Flavors for Summer, (2015)

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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