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
Ball, P.: Publishing: The journal that publishes no papers, Nature, 526(7571), 146, 2015.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lukin, M. D. and Imamoğlu, A.: Controlling photons using electromagnetically induced transparency, Nature, 413(6853), 273–276, 2001.
A journal article with 3 authors
Larsen, R. E., Glover, W. J. and Schwartz, B. J.: Does the hydrated electron occupy a cavity?, Science, 329(5987), 65–69, 2010.
A journal article with 100 or more authors
Opheij, A., Rotenberg, N., Beggs, D. M., Rey, I. H., Krauss, T. F. and Kuipers, L.: Ultracompact (3 μm) silicon slow-light optical modulator, Sci. Rep., 3, 3546, 2013.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Saccone, C. and Pesole, G.: Handbook of Comparative Genomics, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ., 2005.
An edited book
Ando, T., Curto, R. E., Jung, I. B. and Lee, W. Y., Eds.: Recent Advances in Operator Theory and Applications, Birkhäuser, Basel., 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
Cano, E. L., Moguerza, J. M. and Corcoba, M. P.: R and the ISO Standards for Quality Control, in Quality Control with R: An ISO Standards Approach, edited by J. Martinez Moguerza and M. Prieto, pp. 119–142, Springer International Publishing, Cham., 2015.

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
Hamilton, K.: Watch A Taser Strike Human Skin In Slow Motion, IFLScience [online] Available from: (Accessed 30 October 2018), 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: Total Quality Education, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC., 1994.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Ramakrishnan, T.: Rehabilitating Asymmetric Gait Using Asymmetry, Doctoral dissertation, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL., 2017.

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.: Deal Is Said to Be Close in Detroit’s Bankruptcy, New York Times, 15th October, A26, 2014.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ball, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Ball, 2015; Lukin and Imamoğlu, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Lukin and Imamoğlu, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Opheij 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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