How to format your references using the International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning. 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
Basu, P. (2007). Indian biotech’s bumpy road. Nature, 450(7169), 580–581.
A journal article with 2 authors
Nimmo, F., & Pappalardo, R. T. (2006). Diapir-induced reorientation of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. Nature, 441(7093), 614–616.
A journal article with 3 authors
Brunet, T., Leng, J., & Mondain-Monval, O. (2013). Materials science. Soft acoustic metamaterials. Science (New York, N.Y.), 342(6156), 323–324.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Thomas, D. W., Blondel, J., Perret, P., Lambrechts, M. M., & Speakman, J. R. (2001). Energetic and fitness costs of mismatching resource supply and demand in seasonally breeding birds. Science (New York, N.Y.), 291(5513), 2598–2600.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hillis, D. R., & Duvall, J. B. (2012). Improving Profitability through Green Manufacturing. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Fukuda, K. (Ed.). (2016). Human iPS Cells in Disease Modelling. Tokyo: Springer Japan.
A chapter in an edited book
Caravagna, G., Bortolussi, L., & Sanguinetti, G. (2016). Matching Models Across Abstraction Levels with Gaussian Processes. In E. Bartocci, P. Lio, & N. Paoletti (Eds.), Computational Methods in Systems Biology: 14th International Conference, CMSB 2016, Cambridge, UK, September 21-23, 2016, Proceedings (pp. 49–66). 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 International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2013, October 30). A new material for quantum computing has been discovered. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 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. (2007). Joint Planning and Development Office: Progress and Key Issues in Planning the Transition to the Next Generation Air Transportation System (No. GAO-07-693T). 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
McCoy, N. (2015). Functionality Evaluation of the Wave Suppressor and Sediment Collection (WSSC) System: Wave Reduction, Sediment Collection, Mathematical Model, and Preliminary Field Evaluation (Doctoral dissertation). University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA.

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
Victor, D. (2017, June 5). Dismissed Breitbart Editor Blames Anti-Muslim Tweets. New York Times, p. B3.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Basu 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Basu 2007; Nimmo and Pappalardo 2006).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Nimmo and Pappalardo 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Thomas et al. 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleInternational Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning
AbbreviationInt. J. Comput. Support. Collab. Learn.
ISSN (print)1556-1607
ISSN (online)1556-1615
ScopeHuman-Computer Interaction

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