How to format your references using the Stephan Mueller Special Publication Series citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Stephan Mueller Special Publication 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
Suderow, H. J.: PHYSICS. Opening the gate on superconductivity, Science, 350(6266), 1316–1317, 2015.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sil, S. and Umapathy, S.: Raman spectroscopy explores molecular structural signatures of hidden materials in depth: Universal Multiple Angle Raman Spectroscopy, Sci. Rep., 4, 5308, 2014.
A journal article with 3 authors
Matsunami, H., Montmayeur, J. P. and Buck, L. B.: A family of candidate taste receptors in human and mouse, Nature, 404(6778), 601–604, 2000.
A journal article with 100 or more authors
Choi, D., Lee, H., Im, D. J., Kang, I. S., Lim, G., Kim, D. S. and Kang, K. H.: Spontaneous electrical charging of droplets by conventional pipetting, Sci. Rep., 3, 2037, 2013.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Schulman, F. Y.: Veterinarian’s Guide to Maximizing Biopsy Results, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Chichester, UK., 2016.
An edited book
Jugdutt, B. I. and Dhalla, N. S., Eds.: Cardiac Remodeling: Molecular Mechanisms, Springer, New York, NY., 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
Okafor, I.: Islamic Extremism in West Africa: A Historical and Theological Analysis of the Crisis of Religious Brigandage in Islam, in Religion, Authority, and the State: From Constantine to the Contemporary World, edited by L. D. Lefebure, pp. 101–120, Palgrave Macmillan US, New York, NY., 2016.

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 Stephan Mueller Special Publication Series.

Blog post
Andrew, E.: A 3.5-Billion Year Old Pilbara Find Is Not The Oldest Fossil: So What Is It?, IFLScience, 2015.


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: Air Pollution: EPA’s Efforts to Control Gasoline Vapors From Motor Vehicles, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC., 1989.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Gilman, D. G.: Comparative analysis of corporate culture in a multinational organization, Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA., 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
Walsh, M. W.: Rhode Island Steps In for City, New York Times, 15th November, A23, 2011.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Suderow, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Sil and Umapathy, 2014; Suderow, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Sil and Umapathy, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Choi et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleStephan Mueller Special Publication Series
AbbreviationStephan Mueller Spec. Publ. Ser.
ISSN (print)1868-4556
ISSN (online)1868-4564

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