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
Singer, P. W.: Military robotics and ethics: a world of killer apps, Nature, 477, 399–401, 2011.
A journal article with 2 authors
Singel, D. J. and Stamler, J. S.: Blood traffic control, Nature, 430, 297, 2004.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kikushima, K., Kita, S., and Higuchi, H.: A non-invasive imaging for the in vivo tracking of high-speed vesicle transport in mouse neutrophils, Sci. Rep., 3, 1913, 2013.
A journal article with 100 or more authors
Lee, G.-H., Kwon, S. J., Park, K.-S., Kang, J.-G., Park, J.-G., Lee, S., Kim, J.-C., Shim, H.-W., and Kim, D.-W.: Germanium microflower-on-nanostem as a high-performance lithium ion battery electrode, Sci. Rep., 4, 6883, 2014.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rowlinson, M.: A Practical Guide to the NEC3 Engineering and Construction Contract, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK, 2010.
An edited book
Ito, K. and Nakano, M. (Eds.): International Perspectives on Accounting and Corporate Behavior, Springer Japan, Tokyo, IX, 335 p. 46 illus pp., 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
Sun, Y., Nishida, T., and Thompson, S. E.: Band Structures of Strained Semiconductors, in: Strain Effect in Semiconductors: Theory and Device Applications, edited by: Thompson, S. E. and Nishida, T., Springer US, Boston, MA, 51–135, 2010.

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
Blood Donors In Sweden Get A Text Whenever They Save A Life:


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 Traffic Control: Role of FAA’s Modernization Program in Reducing Delays and Congestion, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2001.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Angervil, G.: Administrative Discretion in Public Policy Implementation: The Case of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), Doctoral dissertation, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, 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
Detrick, B.: Elevating His Game as Art Connoisseur, New York Times, 19th October, D1, 2016.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Singer, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Singer, 2011; Singel and Stamler, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Singel and Stamler, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Lee et al., 2014)

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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