How to format your references using the Graphical Models citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Graphical Models. 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
W.A. Shear, Jane Gray (1929-2000), Nature. 405 (2000) 34.
A journal article with 2 authors
B. Brei, D. Fish, Comment on “Parasites as a viability cost of sexual selection in natural populations of mammals,” Science. 300 (2003) 55; author reply 55.
A journal article with 3 authors
R. Dutzler, E.B. Campbell, R. MacKinnon, Gating the selectivity filter in ClC chloride channels, Science. 300 (2003) 108–112.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
M. Sonane, R. Goyal, D.K. Chowdhuri, K.R. Ram, K.C. Gupta, Enhanced efficiency of P-element mediated transgenesis in Drosophila: Microinjection of DNA complexed with nanomaterial, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 3408.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
T. Oyama, Post-Crisis Risk Management, John Wiley & Sons (Asia) Pte. Ltd., 2 Clementi Loop, #02-01, Singapore 129809, 2010.
An edited book
N.T. Nguyen, L.C. Jain, eds., Intelligent Agents in the Evolution of Web and Applications, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
E. Prato-Previde, S. Marshall-Pescini, Social Looking in the Domestic Dog, in: A. Horowitz (Ed.), Domestic Dog Cognition and Behavior: The Scientific Study of Canis Familiaris, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2014: pp. 101–131.

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 Graphical Models.

Blog post
J. Fang, Chimps Can Make Silent Laugh Faces, Just Like Us, 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, Telecommunications: Update on State-Level Cramming Complaints and Enforcement Actions, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2000.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
K.M. Luse, Invariants of knots, graphs, and Feynman diagrams, Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, 2008.

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
I. Urbina, Forced Labor for Cheap Fish, New York Times. (2015) A1.

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 titleGraphical Models
AbbreviationGraph. Models
ISSN (print)1524-0703
ScopeComputer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
Geometry and Topology
Modelling and Simulation

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