How to format your references using the Information and Software Technology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Information and Software Technology. 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
J.L. Benovic, Structural biology: Arresting developments in receptor signalling, Nature. 523 (2015) 538–539.
A journal article with 2 authors
D.T.S. Pak, M. Sheng, Targeted protein degradation and synapse remodeling by an inducible protein kinase, Science. 302 (2003) 1368–1373.
A journal article with 3 authors
M.B. Ginzberg, R. Kafri, M. Kirschner, Cell biology. On being the right (cell) size, Science. 348 (2015) 1245075.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Q. Liu, W. Xin, P. He, D. Turner, J. Yin, Y. Gan, F.-D. Shi, J. Wu, Interleukin-17 inhibits adult hippocampal neurogenesis, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 7554.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R. Heckman, Designing Platform Independent Mobile Apps and Services, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2016.
An edited book
C. Dobrovie-Sorin, Redefining Indefinites, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
S.G.E. Hart, Safety Pharmacology of Drugs for the Urinary Tract, in: H.G. Vogel, F.J. Hock, J. Maas, D. Mayer (Eds.), Drug Discovery and Evaluation: Safety and Pharmacokinetic Assays, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2006: pp. 95–140.

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 Information and Software Technology.

Blog post
D. Andrew, Awesome Animation Shows You What Colorblind People See, IFLScience. (2015). (accessed October 30, 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, Should the Bureau of Indian Affairs Continue To Provide Educational Services to Indian Children?, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1980.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
K.T. Dotson, Smoke points of microgravity and normal gravity coflow diffusion flames, Doctoral dissertation, University of Maryland, College Park, 2009.

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
B. Brantley, Theater; Have Rocket, Will Travel, New York Times. (2017) AR4.

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 titleInformation and Software Technology
AbbreviationInf. Softw. Technol.
ISSN (print)0950-5849
ScopeComputer Science Applications
Information Systems

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