How to format your references using the Applicable Algebra in Engineering, Communication and Computing citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Applicable Algebra in Engineering, Communication and Computing (AAECC). 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
Vicsek, T.: The bigger picture. Nature. 418, 131 (2002)
A journal article with 2 authors
Abanin, D.A., Levitov, L.S.: Quantized Transport in Graphene p-n Junctions in a Magnetic Field. Science. 317, 641–643 (2007)
A journal article with 3 authors
Palter, J.B., Lozier, M.S., Barber, R.T.: The effect of advection on the nutrient reservoir in the North Atlantic subtropical gyre. Nature. 437, 687–692 (2005)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Donati, J.-F., Forveille, T., Cameron, A.C., Barnes, J.R., Delfosse, X., Jardine, M.M., Valenti, J.A.: The large-scale axisymmetric magnetic topology of a very-low-mass fully convective star. Science. 311, 633–635 (2006)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Silvapulle, M.J., Sen, P.K.: Constrained Statistical Inference: Inequality, Order, and Shape Restrictions. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ (2001)
An edited book
Králová-Hromadová, I.: The Giant Liver Fluke, Fascioloides magna: Past, Present and Future Research. Springer International Publishing, Cham (2016)
A chapter in an edited book
Bell, S.D.: Archaeal Orc1/Cdc6 Proteins. In: MacNeill, S. (ed.) The Eukaryotic Replisome: a Guide to Protein Structure and Function. pp. 59–69. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht (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 Applicable Algebra in Engineering, Communication and Computing.

Blog post
Hale, T.: How You Can Help In The Fight Against Climate Change,


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: Information Technology: Near-Term Effort to Automate Paper-Based Immigration Files Needs Planning Improvements. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (2006)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Shamsai, M.: Prefabricated Cage System for Reinforcing Concrete Members, (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
Southall, A.: Brownsville Residents Seek Answers After a Mentally Ill Ex-Convict Is Fatally Shot, (2016)

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1, 2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleApplicable Algebra in Engineering, Communication and Computing
AbbreviationAppl. Algebra Engrg. Comm. Comput.
ISSN (print)0938-1279
ISSN (online)1432-0622
ScopeAlgebra and Number Theory
Applied Mathematics

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