How to format your references using the Selecta Mathematica citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Selecta Mathematica. 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
Donnelly, C.A.: Likely size of the French BSE epidemic. Nature. 408, 787–788 (2000)
A journal article with 2 authors
Bruno, R.M., Sakmann, B.: Cortex is driven by weak but synchronously active thalamocortical synapses. Science. 312, 1622–1627 (2006)
A journal article with 3 authors
Rohde, D.L.T., Olson, S., Chang, J.T.: Modelling the recent common ancestry of all living humans. Nature. 431, 562–566 (2004)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Huh, J.R., Leung, M.W.L., Huang, P., Ryan, D.A., Krout, M.R., Malapaka, R.R.V., Chow, J., Manel, N., Ciofani, M., Kim, S.V., Cuesta, A., Santori, F.R., Lafaille, J.J., Xu, H.E., Gin, D.Y., Rastinejad, F., Littman, D.R.: Digoxin and its derivatives suppress TH17 cell differentiation by antagonizing RORγt activity. Nature. 472, 486–490 (2011)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Jeong, H.: Architectures for Computer Vision. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Singapore (2014)
An edited book
Pieroni, A., Quave, C.L. eds: Ethnobotany and Biocultural Diversities in the Balkans: Perspectives on Sustainable Rural Development and Reconciliation. Springer, New York, NY (2014)
A chapter in an edited book
Jo, H.-S., Yang, J.-D., Choi, W.: Concept Based Orchestration of Web Services Using XOT. In: Khachidze, V., Wang, T., Siddiqui, S., Liu, V., Cappuccio, S., and Lim, A. (eds.) Contemporary Research on E-business Technology and Strategy: International Conference, iCETS 2012, Tianjin, China, August 29-31, 2012, Revised Selected Papers. pp. 41–53. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (2012)

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 Selecta Mathematica.

Blog post
Andrew, E.: Endangered Rhinos in South Africa Will Be Fitted With Spy Cameras In Their Horns


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: Data Processing: USDA Needs To Better Manage Field-Office Computer Purchases. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (1987)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Tucker, M.S.: Phenotypic and genotypic analysis of in vitro selected artemisinin resistant Plasmodium falciparum, (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
Kelly, D.A.: 36 Hours | Portsmouth, N.H, (2004)

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 titleSelecta Mathematica
AbbreviationSel. Math. New Ser.
ISSN (print)1022-1824
ISSN (online)1420-9020
ScopeGeneral Mathematics
General Physics and Astronomy

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