How to format your references using the Computer Science Education citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Computer Science Education. 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
Chambers, R. G. (2004). Obituary: David Shoenberg (1911-2004). Nature, 428(6983), 613.
A journal article with 2 authors
Rikken, G. L., & Raupach, E. (2000). Enantioselective magnetochiral photochemistry. Nature, 405(6789), 932–935.
A journal article with 3 authors
Togashi, T., Sasaki, H., & Yoshimura, J. (2014). A geometrical approach explains Lake Ball (Marimo) formations in the green alga, Aegagropila linnaei. Scientific Reports, 4, 3761.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Tanaka, J.-I., Horiike, Y., Matsuzaki, M., Miyazaki, T., Ellis-Davies, G. C. R., & Kasai, H. (2008). Protein synthesis and neurotrophin-dependent structural plasticity of single dendritic spines. Science (New York, N.Y.), 319(5870), 1683–1687.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Urick, V. J., Jr, Mckinney, J. D., & Williams, K. J. (2015). FUNDAMENTALS OF MICROWAVE PHOTONICS. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Guliš, G., Mekel, O., Ádám, B., & Cori, L. (Eds.). (2014). Assessment of Population Health Risks of Policies. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
MacLean, D., & Komatineni, S. (2014). Using the Compatibility Library for Older Devices. In S. Komatineni (Ed.), Android Fragments (pp. 83–90). Berkeley, CA: Apress.

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 Science Education.

Blog post
Carpineti, A. (2016, October 20). Moon Crater Gives Hints About The Dino Killer Impact. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from IFLScience website:


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. (1973). Review of Selected Aspects of the Bilingual Education Program (No. B-164031(1)). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Sutton, D. L. (2015). Alumni perceptions of the role of field education in professional preparation (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Shpigel, B. (2017, June 12). After 5 Months of Work, U.S. Makes (and Earns) a Vital Point. New York Times, p. B13.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Chambers, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Chambers, 2004; Rikken & Raupach, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Rikken & Raupach, 2000)
  • Three authors: (Togashi, Sasaki, & Yoshimura, 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Tanaka et al., 2008)

About the journal

Full journal titleComputer Science Education
AbbreviationComput. Sci. Educ.
ISSN (print)0899-3408
ISSN (online)1744-5175
ScopeGeneral Computer Science

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