How to format your references using the Information Sciences citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Information Sciences. 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
P. Rosset, Preventing hunger: change economic policy, Nature. 479 (2011) 472–473.
A journal article with 2 authors
R. Townley, L. Shapiro, Crystal structures of the adenylate sensor from fission yeast AMP-activated protein kinase, Science. 315 (2007) 1726–1729.
A journal article with 3 authors
J.M. Dally, N.J. Emery, N.S. Clayton, Food-caching western scrub-jays keep track of who was watching when, Science. 312 (2006) 1662–1665.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
D.I. Enache, J.K. Edwards, P. Landon, B. Solsona-Espriu, A.F. Carley, A.A. Herzing, M. Watanabe, C.J. Kiely, D.W. Knight, G.J. Hutchings, Solvent-free oxidation of primary alcohols to aldehydes using Au-Pd/TiO2 catalysts, Science. 311 (2006) 362–365.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
P.P. Drake, F.J. Fabozzi, The Basics of Finance, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2010.
An edited book
D. Caine, L. Purcell, eds., Injury in Pediatric and Adolescent Sports: Epidemiology, Treatment and Prevention, 1st ed. 2016, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
A.I. Phipps, C.I. Li, Endogenous Hormones, in: C. Li (Ed.), Breast Cancer Epidemiology, Springer, New York, NY, 2010: pp. 73–87.

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 Sciences.

Blog post
J. Fang, New Species Of Catfish Named “Greedo” After Star Wars Bounty Hunter, 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, Computer Procurement: FAA’s $1.5-Billion Computer Resources Nucleus Project, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1989.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
N.M. Daysal, The effects of uninsurance on hospitals and patient health, 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. Protess, Apollo Global Settles Securities Case as the S.E.C. Imposes a $53 Million Fine, New York Times. (2016) B3.

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 Sciences
AbbreviationInf. Sci. (Ny)
ISSN (print)0020-0255
ScopeArtificial Intelligence
Computer Science Applications
Information Systems and Management
Control and Systems Engineering
Theoretical Computer Science

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