How to format your references using the Cluster Computing citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Cluster Computing. 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
Hoegh-Guldberg, O.: Ecology. Complexities of coral reef recovery. Science. 311, 42–43 (2006)
A journal article with 2 authors
Novikov, V.N., Sokolov, A.P.: Poisson’s ratio and the fragility of glass-forming liquids. Nature. 431, 961–963 (2004)
A journal article with 3 authors
Pan, B., Xiong, Y., Steitz, T.A.: How the CCA-adding enzyme selects adenine over cytosine at position 76 of tRNA. Science. 330, 937–940 (2010)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Olsen, S.M., Hansen, B., Quadfasel, D., Østerhus, S.: Observed and modelled stability of overflow across the Greenland-Scotland ridge. Nature. 455, 519–522 (2008)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Shreves, R., Dunwoodie, B.: Drupal® 7 Bible. Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, IN, USA (2011)
An edited book
Pearton, S.J.: Gallium Nitride Processing for Electronics, Sensors and Spintronics. Springer, London (2006)
A chapter in an edited book
Barth, J.: Embedded DRAM in Nano-scale Technologies. In: Zhang, K. (ed.) Embedded Memories for Nano-Scale VLSIs. pp. 127–175. Springer US, Boston, MA (2009)

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 Cluster Computing.

Blog post
Taub, B.: Mars Astronauts May Suffer Dementia Due To Cosmic Radiation,


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: Aviation Competition: Regional Jet Service Yet to Reach Many Small Communities. 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
Biermann, J.L.: The distribution of Callinectes sapidus megalopae at the mouths of Chesapeake and Delaware Bays: Implications for larval ingress, (2009)

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
St. John Kelly, E.: And Something for Your Dog as Well?, (1997)

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 titleCluster Computing
AbbreviationCluster Comput.
ISSN (print)1386-7857
ISSN (online)1573-7543
ScopeComputer Networks and Communications

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