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., 2003. Risky business. Nature 425, 987.
A journal article with 2 authors
Poulain, A.J., Barkay, T., 2013. Environmental science. Cracking the mercury methylation code. Science 339, 1280–1281.
A journal article with 3 authors
Schaller, M.F., Wright, J.D., Kent, D.V., 2011. Atmospheric PCO₂ perturbations associated with the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province. Science 331, 1404–1409.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Pertel, T., Hausmann, S., Morger, D., Züger, S., Guerra, J., Lascano, J., Reinhard, C., Santoni, F.A., Uchil, P.D., Chatel, L., Bisiaux, A., Albert, M.L., Strambio-De-Castillia, C., Mothes, W., Pizzato, M., Grütter, M.G., Luban, J., 2011. TRIM5 is an innate immune sensor for the retrovirus capsid lattice. Nature 472, 361–365.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Yan, S.Y., 2012. Computational Number Theory and Modern Cryptography. John Wiley & Sons Singapore Pte. Ltd., Fusionopolis Walk, Singapore.
An edited book
Ercan, A., 2013. Long-Range Dependence and Sea Level Forecasting, SpringerBriefs in Statistics. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Miura, N., Sakurai, T., Kuroda, T., 2010. Inductive Coupled Communications, in: Ho, R., Drost, R. (Eds.), Coupled Data Communication Techniques for High-Performance and Low-Power Computing, Integrated Circuits and Systems. Springer US, Boston, MA, pp. 79–125.

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, E., 2015. Robots Can’t Kill You – Claiming They Can is Dangerous [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, 1995. Missile Development: Status and Issues at the Time of the TSSAM Termination Decision (No. NSIAD-95-46). 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
Bleicher, J., 2008. Scenario methods as a means for enhancing organizational learning: A Delphi study (Doctoral dissertation). University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ.

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
Otis, J., 2016. In Debt, but Undaunted, a Mother Finds Her Home. New York Times A28.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Smaglik, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Poulain and Barkay, 2013; Smaglik, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Poulain and Barkay, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Pertel et al., 2011)

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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