I want to cite from this book. It has explicitly marked different authors for the chapters, but there are no editors given on the front pages. Is this then regarded as a monography rather than a miscellany/anthology or do I use all authors as editors?

  • I think you cite the particular chapters you refer to, each with its authors. Commented Apr 24, 2022 at 22:10
  • So I use the authors as editors of the book?
    – manuel459
    Commented Apr 24, 2022 at 22:20
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    @manuel459 The front matter doesn't make any mention of an editor, so it seems more appropriate to consider them all as authors of the book.
    – Anyon
    Commented Apr 24, 2022 at 22:29

2 Answers 2


I would say something like

Joos, Erich, title of appropriate chapter , in Decoherence and the Appearance of a Classical World in Quantum Theory , Springer, etc, Chapter zz pp. xx-yy.

in whatever format best matches the bibliography style of the journal.

  • I've used this format for a chapter in a book with no known editors. If I wanted to cite the whole book rather than a particular chapter, I'd just delete the part "Joos ... chapter, in" from Ethan's example. Commented Apr 25, 2022 at 0:34

@Ethan Bolker gives the right answer, and the only thing that one should add is to remind you of the purpose of a citation: It isn't an elaborate exercise in testing whether you can follow a specific syntax (this is for all of you APA folks out there! :-) ), but it is a way to help your readers find related literature. If you provide the citation in a way that makes it easy for readers to find what you are pointing to, then you've succeeded, and the example by Ethan Bolker achieves this.

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