How to format your references using the Applied Soft Computing Journal citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Applied Soft Computing Journal. 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
D.Y.R. Stainier, No organ left behind: tales of gut development and evolution, Science. 307 (2005) 1902–1904.
A journal article with 2 authors
A. Bedalov, J.A. Simon, Neuroscience. NAD to the rescue, Science. 305 (2004) 954–955.
A journal article with 3 authors
S. Jia, K.-I. Noma, S.I.S. Grewal, RNAi-independent heterochromatin nucleation by the stress-activated ATF/CREB family proteins, Science. 304 (2004) 1971–1976.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
R. Elbaum, L. Zaltzman, I. Burgert, P. Fratzl, The role of wheat awns in the seed dispersal unit, Science. 316 (2007) 884–886.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J. Pettit, The Final Frontier, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2017.
An edited book
A.-K. Andershed, ed., Girls at Risk: Swedish Longitudinal Research on Adjustment, Springer, New York, NY, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
K. Goto, Parameters for detection of Alicyclobacillus and test methods, in: A. Yokota, T. Fujii, K. Goto (Eds.), Alicyclobacillus: Thermophilic Acidophilic Bacilli, Springer Japan, Tokyo, 2007: pp. 49–78.

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 Applied Soft Computing Journal.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Scientist Turns To Crowd-Funding To Continue Research, IFLScience. (2014). (accessed October 30, 2018).


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, National Science Foundation’s Actions on Recommendations of GAO Report “Opportunities for Improved Management of the Research Applied to National Needs (RANN) Program,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1977.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
R.A. McKenzie, A correlational study of servant leadership and teacher job satisfaction in a public education institution, Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix, 2012.

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
E. St. John Kelly, Groups Trace Soldiers’ Footsteps, New York Times. (1994) 514.

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 titleApplied Soft Computing Journal
AbbreviationAppl. Soft Comput.
ISSN (print)1568-4946

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