How to format your references using the Computers and Mathematics with Applications citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Computers and Mathematics with 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.
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. Berry, Alfred Russel Wallace: evolution’s red-hot radical, Nature. 496 (2013) 162–164.
A journal article with 2 authors
D.C. Jewitt, J. Luu, Crystalline water ice on the Kuiper belt object (50000) Quaoar, Nature. 432 (2004) 731–733.
A journal article with 3 authors
G. Ekström, M. Nettles, V.C. Tsai, Seasonality and increasing frequency of Greenland glacial earthquakes, Science. 311 (2006) 1756–1758.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
K. Im, D. Jeong, J. Hur, S.-J. Kim, S. Hwang, K.S. Jin, N. Park, K. Kim, Robust analysis of synthetic label-free DNA junctions in solution by X-ray scattering and molecular simulation, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 3226.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J.N. Lalena, D.A. Cleary, Principles of Inorganic Materials Design, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2005.
An edited book
R. Tytler, V. Prain, P. Hubber, B. Waldrip, eds., Constructing Representations to Learn in Science, SensePublishers, Rotterdam, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
Z. Shen, R. Yin, J. Qi, Land Cover Changes in Northeast China from the late 1970s to 2004, in: R. Yin (Ed.), An Integrated Assessment of China’s Ecological Restoration Programs, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2009: pp. 55–67.

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 Computers and Mathematics with Applications.

Blog post
E. Andrew, A Tale Of Three Mosquitoes: How A Warming World Could Spread Disease, 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, Weather Forecasting: Radars Far Superior to Predecessors, but Location and Availability Questions Remain, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1995.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
D. Boucher, An action research project: Development of a pre-licensure examination review course for Emergency Medical Technician program graduates at a rural community college, Doctoral dissertation, Capella University, 2013.

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
S. Kishkovsky, Former Killing Ground Becomes Shrine to Stalin’s Victims, New York Times. (2007) A4.

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 titleComputers and Mathematics with Applications
AbbreviationComput. Math. Appl.
ISSN (print)0898-1221
ScopeComputational Theory and Mathematics
Computational Mathematics
Modelling and Simulation

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