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
Finney, C.: Conservation economics. Comment on “Using ecological thresholds to evaluate the costs and benefits of set-asides in a biodiversity hotspot,” Science, 347, 731, 2015.
A journal article with 2 authors
Perakis, S. S. and Hedin, L. O.: Nitrogen loss from unpolluted South American forests mainly via dissolved organic compounds, Nature, 415, 416–419, 2002.
A journal article with 3 authors
Mueller, K., Hough, S. E., and Bilham, R.: Analysing the 1811-1812 New Madrid earthquakes with recent instrumentally recorded aftershocks, Nature, 429, 284–288, 2004.
A journal article with 100 or more authors
Tang, Y., Katuri, V., Dillner, A., Mishra, B., Deng, C.-X., and Mishra, L.: Disruption of transforming growth factor-beta signaling in ELF beta-spectrin-deficient mice, Science, 299, 574–577, 2003.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Maini, A. K. and Agrawal, V.: Satellite Technology, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2006.
An edited book
Krishnamurti, C. and Vishwanath, R. (Eds.): Investment Management: A Modern Guide to Security Analysis and Stock Selection, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, XV, 634 p. 67 illus pp., 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
Wight, C.: Morphogenesis, Continuity and Change in the International Political System, in: Social Morphogenesis, edited by: Archer, M. S., Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 85–101, 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
Does Green Mucus Mean You’re Infectious And Need Antibiotics?


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: Transportation Infrastructure: The Nation’s Highway Bridges Remain at Risk From Earthquakes, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1992.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Oh, Y.: Prediction of Steady State Response in Dynamic Mode Atomic Force Microscopy and Its Applications in Nano-metrology, Doctoral dissertation, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2006.

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
Kishkovsky, S. and Shea, C. D.: Chat With Putin Was a Hoax, New York Times, 17th September, A14, 2015.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Finney, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Finney, 2015; Perakis and Hedin, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Perakis and Hedin, 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Tang et al., 2003)

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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