How to format your references using the Computers citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Computers. 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
Cobb, M. Wondrous Order. Nature 2001, 413, 779.
A journal article with 2 authors
Erdélyi, R.; Fedun, V. Are There Alfvén Waves in the Solar Atmosphere? Science 2007, 318, 1572–1574.
A journal article with 3 authors
Domnisoru, C.; Kinkhabwala, A.A.; Tank, D.W. Membrane Potential Dynamics of Grid Cells. Nature 2013, 495, 199–204.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Kasture, S.; Ravishankar, A.P.; Yallapragada, V.J.; Patil, R.; Valappil, N.V.; Mulay, G.; Achanta, V.G. Plasmonic Quasicrystals with Broadband Transmission Enhancement. Sci. Rep. 2014, 4, 5257.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bullard, B. Style and Statistics; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2016; ISBN 9781119271260.
An edited book
New Frontiers in Environmental and Social Labeling; Grote, U., Basu, A.K., Chau, N.H., Eds.; Sustainability and Innovation; Physica-Verlag HD: Heidelberg, 2007; ISBN 9783790817553.
A chapter in an edited book
Sobecki, J.; Żatuchin, D. Knowledge and Data Processing in a Process of Website Quality Evaluation. In New Challenges in Computational Collective Intelligence; Nguyen, N.T., Katarzyniak, R.P., Janiak, A., Eds.; Studies in Computational Intelligence; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2009; pp. 51–61 ISBN 9783642039577.

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.

Blog post
Carpineti, A. UK Artists and Scientists Launch Space Junk Awareness Project Available online: (accessed on 30 October 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 School Finance: State Efforts to Equalize Funding Between Wealthy and Poor School Districts; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1998;

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Lam, N.N. The Effect of Racial Disparities and Adult Supervision in Human Papillomavirus Knowledge among Female Adolescents. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach: Long Beach, CA, 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
Schilling, M.K. The Accidental Tourist. New York Times 2017, M2106.

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
ISSN (online)2073-431X

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