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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Computer Science Review. 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
A.M. Anders, Earth science: rain on the parade, Nature. 511 (2014) 413–414.
A journal article with 2 authors
Q. Wang, X.-B. Wang, Simulating of the measurement-device independent quantum key distribution with phase randomized general sources, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 4612.
A journal article with 3 authors
P. Rompolas, K.R. Mesa, V. Greco, Spatial organization within a niche as a determinant of stem-cell fate, Nature. 502 (2013) 513–518.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
J.S. O’Neill, E.S. Maywood, J.E. Chesham, J.S. Takahashi, M.H. Hastings, cAMP-dependent signaling as a core component of the mammalian circadian pacemaker, Science. 320 (2008) 949–953.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Z.-J. Shi, Homogeneous Catalysis for Unreactive Bond Activation, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2014.
An edited book
S. Autexier, J. Calmet, D. Delahaye, P.D.F. Ion, L. Rideau, R. Rioboo, A.P. Sexton, eds., Intelligent Computer Mathematics: 10th International Conference, AISC 2010, 17th Symposium, Calculemus 2010, and 9th International Conference, MKM 2010, Paris, France, July 5-10, 2010. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
M. D’Onofrio, E. Barbi, R. De Robertis, F. Principe, A. Gallotti, E. Martone, Intraoperative Ultrasonography of the Pancreas, in: M. D’Onofrio (Ed.), Ultrasonography of the Pancreas: Imaging and Pathologic Correlations, Springer, Milano, 2012: pp. 55–61.

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 Review.

Blog post
S. Luntz, Which Feels Cooler, Red or Blue?, IFLScience. (2014). (accessed October 30, 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, College-and-Career Readiness: States Have Made Progress in Implementing New Standards and Assessments, but Challenges Remain, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2014.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
J.L. Maloney, Analyzing Students’ Personal Characteristics to Determine Study Outcomes, Doctoral dissertation, Lindenwood University, 2015.

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
J. Kanter, As E.U.’s Roster Swells, So Does Linguistic Burden, New York Times. (2017) A7.

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 Science Review
AbbreviationComput. Sci. Rev.
ISSN (print)1574-0137
ScopeGeneral Computer Science
Theoretical Computer Science

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