How to format your references using the Computational Optimization and Applications citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Computational Optimization and Applications. 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
Grützmacher, H.: CHEMISTRY: New Chemical Bricks Made Through Phosphorus Tricks. Science. 289, 737–738 (2000)
A journal article with 2 authors
McLean, P.F., Cooley, L.: Protein equilibration through somatic ring canals in Drosophila. Science. 340, 1445–1447 (2013)
A journal article with 3 authors
Heiling, A.M., Herberstein, M.E., Chittka, L.: Pollinator attraction: Crab-spiders manipulate flower signals. Nature. 421, 334 (2003)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Gong, Y., Cao, P., Yu, H.-J., Jiang, T.: Crystal structure of the neurotrophin-3 and p75NTR symmetrical complex. Nature. 454, 789–793 (2008)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hersent, O., Petit, J.-P., Gurle, D.: Beyond VoIP Protocols. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK (2005)
An edited book
Marini, A., Talbi, M. eds: Desertification and Risk Analysis Using High and Medium Resolution Satellite Data: Training Workshop on Mapping Desertification. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht (2009)
A chapter in an edited book
Caravagna, G., Bortolussi, L., Sanguinetti, G.: Matching Models Across Abstraction Levels with Gaussian Processes. In: Bartocci, E., Lio, P., and Paoletti, N. (eds.) Computational Methods in Systems Biology: 14th International Conference, CMSB 2016, Cambridge, UK, September 21-23, 2016, Proceedings. pp. 49–66. Springer International Publishing, Cham (2016)

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 Optimization and Applications.

Blog post
Luntz, S.: Monkeys Capable Of Mathematics,


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: FTS 2000: Mandatory Use. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (1992)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
McPherson, C.A.: Characterization of the neurogenic microenvironment in the mouse hippocampus following chemical-induced neuronal injury, (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
Landler, M.: Trump to a Grieving City: ‘This Is a Rough Time,’ (2017)

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 titleComputational Optimization and Applications
AbbreviationComput. Optim. Appl.
ISSN (print)0926-6003
ISSN (online)1573-2894
ScopeApplied Mathematics
Computational Mathematics
Control and Optimization

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