How to format your references using the EURASIP Journal on Information Security citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for EURASIP Journal on Information Security. 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
Grimes, R. N. (2011). William Nunn Lipscomb Jr (1919-2011). Nature, 473(7347), 286.
A journal article with 2 authors
Shinar, G., & Feinberg, M. (2010). Structural sources of robustness in biochemical reaction networks. Science (New York, N.Y.), 327(5971), 1389–1391.
A journal article with 3 authors
Schmitz, B., Häggström, T., & Tassinari, M. (2003). Sediment-dispersed extraterrestrial chromite traces a major asteroid disruption event. Science (New York, N.Y.), 300(5621), 961–964.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Mao, H., Yu, H., Chen, J., & Liao, X. (2013). Biphasic catalysis using amphiphilic polyphenols-chelated noble metals as highly active and selective catalysts. Scientific reports, 3, 2226.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Pan, G. W. (2003). Wavelets in Electromagnetics and Device Modeling. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Mast, F., & Jäncke, L. (Eds.). (2007). Spatial Processing in Navigation, Imagery and Perception. Boston, MA: Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Jaidi, F., & Ayachi, F. L. (2015). A Formal Approach Based on Verification and Validation Techniques for Enhancing the Integrity of Concrete Role Based Access Control Policies. In Á. Herrero, B. Baruque, J. Sedano, H. Quintián, & E. Corchado (Eds.), International Joint Conference: CISIS’15 and ICEUTE’15 (pp. 53–64). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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 EURASIP Journal on Information Security.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, November 3). Sinai Plane Crash: The Five Most Common Reasons For Airliner Disasters. IFLScience. IFLScience. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (2003). Electronic Government: Planned e-Authentication Gateway Faces Formidable Development Challenges (No. GAO-03-952). 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
Hankins, S. (2010). A policy analysis of the Americans with Disability Act of 1990 (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
Stewart, J. B. (2016, September 23). Wells Fargo Case Tests a Get-Tough Approach. New York Times, p. B1.

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 titleEURASIP Journal on Information Security
ISSN (online)1687-417X
ScopeComputer Science Applications
Signal Processing

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