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
Moritz MA (2012) Wildfires ignite debate on global warming. Nature 487:273
A journal article with 2 authors
Rivkin RB, Legendre L (2001) Biogenic carbon cycling in the upper ocean: effects of microbial respiration. Science 291:2398–2400
A journal article with 3 authors
Bao H, Lyons JR, Zhou C (2008) Triple oxygen isotope evidence for elevated CO2 levels after a Neoproterozoic glaciation. Nature 453:504–506
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Davis S, Trapman P, Leirs H, et al (2008) The abundance threshold for plague as a critical percolation phenomenon. Nature 454:634–637

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Golio M (2006) Engineering Your Retirement. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Ahmad P, Prasad MNV (eds) (2012) Abiotic Stress Responses in Plants: Metabolism, Productivity and Sustainability. Springer, New York, NY
A chapter in an edited book
Ge Y (2016) Transcendence, Immanence, and Creation: A Comparative Study of Christian and Daoist Thoughts with Special Reference to Robert Neville. In: Brown N, Franke W (eds) Transcendence, Immanence, and Intercultural Philosophy. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 79–102

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
Hale T (2015) The Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks TONIGHT - Here’s How To Watch. 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 (1994) Air Force F-22 Embedded Computers. 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
McMiller B (2010) Policy analysis on the Adoption and Safe Family Act of 1997. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Koblin J (2017) Two Asian-American Actors in ‘Hawaii Five-0’ Depart. New York Times B5

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Moritz 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Rivkin and Legendre 2001; Moritz 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Rivkin and Legendre 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Davis et al. 2008)

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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