How to format your references using the Computing in Science & Engineering citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Computing in Science & Engineering. 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
D. M. Gilbert, “Making sense of eukaryotic DNA replication origins,” Science, vol. 294, no. 5540, pp. 96–100, Oct. 2001.
A journal article with 2 authors
G. Koentges and T. Matsuoka, “Evolution. Jaws of the fates,” Science, vol. 298, no. 5592, pp. 371–373, Oct. 2002.
A journal article with 3 authors
J. R. Booker, A. Favetto, and M. C. Pomposiello, “Low electrical resistivity associated with plunging of the Nazca flat slab beneath Argentina,” Nature, vol. 429, no. 6990, pp. 399–403, May 2004.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
J. J. Dumas, R. Kumar, J. Seehra, W. S. Somers, and L. Mosyak, “Crystal structure of the GpIbalpha-thrombin complex essential for platelet aggregation,” Science, vol. 301, no. 5630, pp. 222–226, Jul. 2003.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J. Cornier, A. Owen, A. Kwade, and M. Van de Voorde, Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology: Innovation and Production. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, 2017.
An edited book
I. Schön, K. Martens, and P. Dijk, Eds., Lost Sex: The Evolutionary Biology of Parthenogenesis. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
J. H. Chow and R. J. Galarza, “Excitation System Aggregation,” in Power System Coherency and Model Reduction, J. H. Chow, Ed. New York, NY: Springer, 2013, pp. 73–90.

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 Computing in Science & Engineering.

Blog post
S. Luntz, “Interior of Giant Planets Reconstructed By Blasting Diamonds With Lasers,” IFLScience, 21-Jul-2014. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 30-Oct-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, “Space Station: Russian Compliance With Safety Requirements,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, T-NSIAD-00-128, Mar. 2000.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
M. Bebianno Simoes, “Work and social activism in the life stories of Latina domestic workers,” Doctoral dissertation, University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD, 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
A. Tommasini, J. R. Oestreich, C. da FONSECA-WOLLHEIM, D. Allen, M. Cooper, and Z. Woolfe, “For Classical Fans, Boxed Sets and Beyond,” New York Times, p. C13, 24-Nov-2016.

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 titleComputing in Science & Engineering
AbbreviationComput. Sci. Eng.
ISSN (print)1521-9615
ScopeGeneral Computer Science
General Engineering

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