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
Lehmann, F.O.: Matching spiracle opening to metabolic need during flight in Drosophila. Science. 294, 1926–1929 (2001)
A journal article with 2 authors
Knutson, B.A., Hahn, S.: Yeast Rrn7 and human TAF1B are TFIIB-related RNA polymerase I general transcription factors. Science. 333, 1637–1640 (2011)
A journal article with 3 authors
Gung, Y., Panning, M., Romanowicz, B.: Global anisotropy and the thickness of continents. Nature. 422, 707–711 (2003)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Lamers, M.H., Perrakis, A., Enzlin, J.H., Winterwerp, H.H., de Wind, N., Sixma, T.K.: The crystal structure of DNA mismatch repair protein MutS binding to a G x T mismatch. Nature. 407, 711–717 (2000)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kamso, N., Ng, T.M.: Investing in Islamic Funds. John Wiley & Sons, Singapore Pte. Ltd. (2013)
An edited book
Hilty, J.A., Chester, C.C., Cross, M.S. eds: Climate and Conservation: Landscape and Seascape Science, Planning, and Action. Island Press/Center for Resource Economics, Washington, DC (2012)
A chapter in an edited book
Thevenot, J., Chen, J., Finnilä, M., Nieminen, M., Lehenkari, P., Saarakkala, S., Pietikäinen, M.: Local Binary Patterns to Evaluate Trabecular Bone Structure from Micro-CT Data: Application to Studies of Human Osteoarthritis. In: Agapito, L., Bronstein, M.M., and Rother, C. (eds.) Computer Vision - ECCV 2014 Workshops: Zurich, Switzerland, September 6-7 and 12, 2014, Proceedings, Part II. pp. 63–79. Springer International Publishing, Cham (2015)

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


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: Security: Breaches at Federal Agencies and Airports. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (2000)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Sydow, K.: A life review and Memory Album program to enhance family communication in assisted living, (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
Williams, J.: 3 Important Men and 1 Stressful Season, (2017)

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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