How to format your references using the Computer Networks citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Computer Networks. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
S. Bordel, Experimental evidence suggests the existence of evolutionary conserved global operation principles governing microbial metabolism, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 3017.
A journal article with 2 authors
A. Batistatou, K. Charalabopoulos, The picture of Oscar X, Nature. 455 (2008) 834.
A journal article with 3 authors
A. Gilchrist, K.J. Resch, A.G. White, Quantum information: source of triggered entangled photon pairs?, Nature. 445 (2007) E4-5; discussion E5-6.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
C. Kimchi-Sarfaty, J.M. Oh, I.-W. Kim, Z.E. Sauna, A.M. Calcagno, S.V. Ambudkar, M.M. Gottesman, A “silent” polymorphism in the MDR1 gene changes substrate specificity, Science. 315 (2007) 525–528.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
I.G.N. Agung, Cross Section and Experimental Data Analysis Using Eviews, John Wiley & Sons (Asia) Pte Ltd, Singapore, 2011.
An edited book
R. Popescu-Zeletin, Vehicular-2-X Communication: State-of-the-Art and Research in Mobile Vehicular Ad hoc Networks, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
M. Bahri, E.M.S. Hitzer, S. Adji, Two-Dimensional Clifford Windowed Fourier Transform, in: E. Bayro-Corrochano, G. Scheuermann (Eds.), Geometric Algebra Computing: In Engineering and Computer Science, Springer, London, 2010: pp. 93–106.

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 Computer Networks.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Does A Lack Of Vitamin D Put You At Greater Risk Of Multiple Sclerosis?, IFLScience. (2015).


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, Federal Research: Concerns About the Superconducting Super Collider, 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
C.K. Eisenbeiser, Parents’ Experience of Involvement in the Lives of Community College Students: A Phenomenological Study, Doctoral dissertation, Northcentral University, 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
M. Cooper, Juilliard Announces New Leader, New York Times. (2017) C2.

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 titleComputer Networks
ISSN (print)1389-1286
ScopeComputer Networks and Communications

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