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
Donald, A.: Throw off the cloak of invisibility. Nature. 490, 447 (2012)
A journal article with 2 authors
Thiele, A., Stoner, G.: Neuronal synchrony does not correlate with motion coherence in cortical area MT. Nature. 421, 366–370 (2003)
A journal article with 3 authors
Chen, G., Zhuchenko, O., Kuspa, A.: Immune-like phagocyte activity in the social amoeba. Science. 317, 678–681 (2007)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Dobrowsky, T.M., Rabi, S.A., Nedellec, R., Daniels, B.R., Mullins, J.I., Mosier, D.E., Siliciano, R.F., Wirtz, D.: Adhesion and fusion efficiencies of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) surface proteins. Sci. Rep. 3, 3014 (2013)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Soprano, A.: Liquidity Management. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK (2015)
An edited book
Tempo, R.: Randomized Algorithms for Analysis and Control of Uncertain Systems: With Applications. Springer, London (2013)
A chapter in an edited book
Bouhafs, F., Mackay, M., Merabti, M.: Home Energy Management Systems. In: Mackay, M. and Merabti, M. (eds.) Communication Challenges and Solutions in the Smart Grid. pp. 53–67. Springer, New York, NY (2014)

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
Carpineti, A.: Astronomers Find Quasar With Temperatures Hotter Than Thought Possible,


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: Surface Transportation: Restructured Federal Approach Needed for More Focused, Performance-Based, and Sustainable Programs. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (2008)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Hardin, J.: A study of social cognitive theory: The relationship between professional learning communities and collective teacher efficacy in international school settings, (2010)

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
Saslow, L.: New Charter School Will Be Island’s 4th, (2008)

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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