How to format your references using the International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction. 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
M. Moskovits, Applied physics. Hot electrons cross boundaries, Science. 332 (2011) 676–677.
A journal article with 2 authors
J.P. Gollub, M.C. Cross, Chaos in space and time, Nature. 404 (2000) 710–711.
A journal article with 3 authors
R.B. Kaner, J.J. Gilman, S.H. Tolbert, Materials science. Designing superhard materials, Science. 308 (2005) 1268–1269.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
M.M. Lim, Z. Wang, D.E. Olazábal, X. Ren, E.F. Terwilliger, L.J. Young, Enhanced partner preference in a promiscuous species by manipulating the expression of a single gene, Nature. 429 (2004) 754–757.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
E. Pasher, T. Ronen, The Complete Guide to Knowledge Management, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2011.
An edited book
L.M. Gillman, S. Widder, M. Blaivas MD, D. Karakitsos, eds., Trauma Team Dynamics: A Trauma Crisis Resource Management Manual, 1st ed. 2016, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
S. Othman, J.I. Khan, F. Nafa, Does Location Matter? The Efficiency of Request Propagation Based on Location in Online Social Networks, in: G. Meiselwitz (Ed.), Social Computing and Social Media: 8th International Conference, SCSM 2016, Held as Part of HCI International 2016, Toronto, ON, Canada, July 17–22, 2016. Proceedings, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016: pp. 47–58.

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 International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Amazonian Turtle Mothers “Talk” To Their Offspring, IFLScience. (2014).


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, Magnet Schools: Information on the Grant Award Process, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1987.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
C. Miller, Assembly and analysis of an Sp185/333 gene cluster from the purple sea urchin: Putative evidence for microsatellite-mediated gene and segmental duplication, Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, 2010.

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
J. Wagner, Bruce Limps Off, and the Mets Crumble, New York Times. (2016) B13.

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 titleInternational Journal of Child-Computer Interaction
AbbreviationInt. J. Child Comput. Interact.
ISSN (print)2212-8689
ScopeHuman-Computer Interaction

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