How to format your references using the Statistics and Probability Letters citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Statistics and Probability Letters. 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
Smaglik, P., 2005. Tale of two surveys. Nature 434, 539.
A journal article with 2 authors
Vogel, E.K., Machizawa, M.G., 2004. Neural activity predicts individual differences in visual working memory capacity. Nature 428, 748–751.
A journal article with 3 authors
Green, E.D., Watson, J.D., Collins, F.S., 2015. Human Genome Project: Twenty-five years of big biology. Nature 526, 29–31.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Katayama, Y., Mizutani, T., Utsumi, W., Shimomura, O., Yamakata, M., Funakoshi, K., 2000. A first-order liquid-liquid phase transition in phosphorus. Nature 403, 170–173.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ancheyta, J., 2016. Deactivation of Heavy Oil Hydroprocessing Catalysts. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey.
An edited book
Zhang, L. (Ed.), 2016. Nonclinical Statistics for Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Industries, 1st ed. 2016. ed, Statistics for Biology and Health. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Kim, K., Park, H., Ko, J., Kim, Y.-R., Han, S.S., 2010. Finding Elite Voters in Daum View: Using Media Credibility Measures, in: Breslin, J.G., Burg, T.N., Kim, H.-G., Raftery, T., Schmidt, J.-H. (Eds.), Recent Trends and Developments in Social Software: International Conferences on Social Software, BlogTalk 2008, Cork, Ireland, March 3-4, 2008, and BlogTalk 2009, Jeju Island, South Korea, September 15-16, 2009. Revised Selected Papers, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 38–45.

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 Statistics and Probability Letters.

Blog post
Andrew, D., 2016. SpaceX Just Asked Permission To Launch 4,425 Satellites — More Than Currently Orbit Earth [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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. Land Management Systems: Extensive Cost Increases and Delays in BLM’s Major Data Base Project (No. IMTEC-91-55). 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
Hayes, E.T., 2012. Musical improvisation and the creative process (Doctoral dissertation). University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD.

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., 2007. Tools for Travelers. New York Times H2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Smaglik, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Smaglik, 2005; Vogel and Machizawa, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Vogel and Machizawa, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Katayama et al., 2000)

About the journal

Full journal titleStatistics and Probability Letters
AbbreviationStat. Probab. Lett.
ISSN (print)0167-7152
ScopeStatistics, Probability and Uncertainty
Statistics and Probability

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