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
Lawrence, P. A.: Last hideout of the unknown?, Nature, 429, 247, 2004.
A journal article with 2 authors
Gautel, M. and Ehler, E.: Cell biology. Gett’N-WASP stripes, Science, 330, 1491–1492, 2010.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kelley, A. M., Michalet, X., and Weiss, S.: Chemical physics. Single-molecule spectroscopy comes of age, Science, 292, 1671–1672, 2001.
A journal article with 100 or more authors
Scott, I. C., Blitz, I. L., Pappano, W. N., Maas, S. A., Cho, K. W., and Greenspan, D. S.: Homologues of Twisted gastrulation are extracellular cofactors in antagonism of BMP signalling, Nature, 410, 475–478, 2001.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lunn, G.: HPLC Methods for Recently Approved Pharmaceuticals, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2005.
An edited book
Hall, J. (Ed.): Children’s Human Rights and Public Schooling in the United States, SensePublishers, Rotterdam, X, 211 p pp., 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
Bargallo-Rocha, J. E., Shaw-Dulin, R. J., Ramirez-Ugalde, T., and Herrera-Gomez, A.: Inflammatory Breast Cancer: Clinical Presentation, Diagnosis, Staging Evaluation, Differential Diagnosis, Surgical Treatment, and Follow-Up, in: Inflammatory Breast Cancer, edited by: de la Garza-Salazar, J. G., Meneses-Garcia, A., and Arce-Salinas, C., Springer, London, 51–59, 2013.

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
Volcanic Eruptions On Mars Used To Explode Through Ancient Ice Sheets:


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: Intercity Passenger Rail: Amtrak’s Progress in Improving Its Financial Condition Has Been Mixed, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1999.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Stewart, D. A.: Principals’ post-observation feedback and its influence on teacher professional growth at two Southern California Catholic high schools, 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
Rockwell, J.: Berlin Stories, New York Times, 2nd June, BR49, 2017.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lawrence, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Lawrence, 2004; Gautel and Ehler, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Gautel and Ehler, 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Scott et al., 2001)

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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