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
Cardinale, B.: Ecology. Impacts of biodiversity loss. Science. 336, 552–553 (2012)
A journal article with 2 authors
Bartlett, D.H., Azam, F.: Microbiology. Chitin, cholera, and competence. Science. 310, 1775–1777 (2005)
A journal article with 3 authors
Campbell, C.T., Parker, S.C., Starr, D.E.: The effect of size-dependent nanoparticle energetics on catalyst sintering. Science. 298, 811–814 (2002)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Chamberlain, N.L., Hill, R.I., Kapan, D.D., Gilbert, L.E., Kronforst, M.R.: Polymorphic butterfly reveals the missing link in ecological speciation. Science. 326, 847–850 (2009)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Edelstein, L.N., Waehler, C.A.: What Do I Say? John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ (2011)
An edited book
Bankoff, G., Christensen, J. eds: Natural Hazards and Peoples in the Indian Ocean World: Bordering on Danger. Palgrave Macmillan US, New York, NY (2016)
A chapter in an edited book
Bierman, G., Meijer, E., Torgersen, M.: Adding Dynamic Types to C $^\sharp$. In: D’Hondt, T. (ed.) ECOOP 2010 – Object-Oriented Programming: 24th European Conference, Maribor, Slovenia, June 21-25, 2010. Proceedings. pp. 76–100. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (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 Selecta Mathematica.

Blog post
Andrew, E.: With So Much Vested In Satellites, Solar Storms Could Bring Life To A Standstill,


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: Managed Care Initiatives. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (1996)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Grant, L.: How Does a Principal Use Intention and Strategy in the Enactment of Advocacy Leadership?, (2013)

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
Vecsey, G.: An Alluring Summer Song, Echoed Through Eight World Cups, (2014)

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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