How to format your references using the SERIEs citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for SERIEs. 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
Gravitz L (2011) Chemoprevention: First line of defence. Nature 471:S5-7
A journal article with 2 authors
Pasupathy A, Miller EK (2005) Different time courses of learning-related activity in the prefrontal cortex and striatum. Nature 433:873–876
A journal article with 3 authors
Lee SH, Oe T, Blair IA (2001) Vitamin C-induced decomposition of lipid hydroperoxides to endogenous genotoxins. Science 292:2083–2086
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Kopp RE, Simons FJ, Mitrovica JX, et al (2009) Probabilistic assessment of sea level during the last interglacial stage. Nature 462:863–867

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Svensson H (2011) Schrägkabelbrücken. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany
An edited book
Mago VK, Dabbaghian V (eds) (2014) Computational Models of Complex Systems. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Davidson JO (2016) Treble Troubles? Marketization, Social Protection and Emancipation Considered Through the Lens of Slavery. In: Karner C, Weicht B (eds) The Commonalities of Global Crises: Markets, Communities and Nostalgia. Palgrave Macmillan UK, London, pp 87–114

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 SERIEs.

Blog post
Fang J (2014) Hydrogen-Generating Water Splitter Runs on AAA Battery. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 2018

Reports

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 (1991) Tax System Modernization: Attention to Critical Issues Can Bring Success. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Moyer AS (2012) The A+ Schools Program and School Improvement. Doctoral dissertation, Lindenwood University

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
Dominus S (2014) Comic Relief. New York Times MM23

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Gravitz 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Pasupathy and Miller 2005; Gravitz 2011).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Pasupathy and Miller 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Kopp et al. 2009)

About the journal

Full journal titleSERIEs
AbbreviationSERIEs (Berl)
ISSN (print)1869-4187
ISSN (online)1869-4195
ScopeGeneral Economics, Econometrics and Finance

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