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
Corbyn, Z.: Prevention: lessons from a sunburnt country, Nature, 515, S114-6, 2014.
A journal article with 2 authors
Coffelt, S. B. and de Visser, K. E.: Cancer: Inflammation lights the way to metastasis, Nature, 507, 48–49, 2014.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ghaffari, H. O., Nasseri, M. H. B., and Young, R. P.: Faulting of rocks in a three-dimensional stress field by micro-anticracks, Sci. Rep., 4, 5011, 2014.
A journal article with 100 or more authors
Bitterman, Y., Mukamel, R., Malach, R., Fried, I., and Nelken, I.: Ultra-fine frequency tuning revealed in single neurons of human auditory cortex, Nature, 451, 197–201, 2008.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Chang, C. M.: Service Systems Management and Engineering, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2010.
An edited book
Madenci, E.: The Finite Element Method and Applications in Engineering Using ANSYS®, Second Edition., edited by: Guven, I., Springer US, Boston, MA, XIV, 657 p. 475 illus pp., 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
Clever, D., Lang, J., Ulbrich, S., and Ziems, C.: Generalized Multilevel SQP-methods for PDAE-constrained Optimization Based on Space-Time Adaptive PDAE Solvers, in: Constrained Optimization and Optimal Control for Partial Differential Equations, edited by: Leugering, G., Engell, S., Griewank, A., Hinze, M., Rannacher, R., Schulz, V., Ulbrich, M., and Ulbrich, S., Springer, Basel, 51–74, 2012.

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
Does A Mum’s Diet During Pregnancy Influence Her Baby’s Food Preferences?


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: Denial of Protest Involving Solicitation’s Evaluation Standard, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1975.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Baker, M. C.: A descriptive study of the view from the top: Perspectives of experts in continuing medical education, Doctoral dissertation, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, 2010.

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
Abad, S. and Casey, N.: Race Is On to Find Survivors of Colombia Mudslide, New York Times, 2nd April, A6, 2017.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Corbyn, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Corbyn, 2014; Coffelt and de Visser, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Coffelt and de Visser, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Bitterman et al., 2008)

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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