How to format your references using the Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory. 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
Denrell J (2008) Sociology. Indirect social influence. Science 321:47–48
A journal article with 2 authors
Poage MA, Chamberlain CP (2006) Geochemistry. Rising mountain ranges. Science 311:478–479
A journal article with 3 authors
Irie M, Kobatake S, Horichi M (2001) Reversible surface morphology changes of a photochromic diarylethene single crystal by photoirradiation. Science 291:1769–1772
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Holmes KC, Angert I, Kull FJ, et al (2003) Electron cryo-microscopy shows how strong binding of myosin to actin releases nucleotide. Nature 425:423–427

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Misra DK (2006) Practical Electromagnetics. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Menezes A (ed) (2007) Advances in Cryptology - CRYPTO 2007: 27th Annual International Cryptology Conference, Santa Barbara, CA, USA, August 19-23, 2007. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Richter K-F, Winter S (2014) Computational Aspects: How Landmarks Can Be Observed, Stored, and Analysed. In: Winter S (ed) Landmarks: GIScience for Intelligent Services. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 137–173

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 Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory.

Blog post
Andrews R (2017) Scientists Have Discovered A Secret Function Of Lungs. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 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 (1979) Evaluation and the Research Process. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Klepper EM (2017) Andragogy and Workplace Relationships: A Mixed-Methods Study Exploring Employees’ Perceptions of Their Relationships with Their Supervisors. Doctoral dissertation, Lindenwood University

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
Stewart JB (2017) C.E.O.s Long Avoided Politics. Trump Is Changing the Calculus. New York Times B1

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Denrell 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Poage and Chamberlain 2006; Denrell 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Poage and Chamberlain 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Holmes et al. 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleComputational and Mathematical Organization Theory
AbbreviationComput. Math. Organ. Theory
ISSN (print)1381-298X
ISSN (online)1572-9346
ScopeGeneral Computer Science
General Decision Sciences
Applied Mathematics
Computational Mathematics
Modelling and Simulation

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