How to format your references using the International Journal of Simulation Modelling citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal of Simulation Modelling. 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
Morlon, H. (2012). Microbiology. Microbial cooperative warfare, Science (New York, N.Y.), Vol. 337, No. 6099, 1184–1185
A journal article with 2 authors
Baumann, P.; Cech, T. R. (2001). Pot1, the putative telomere end-binding protein in fission yeast and humans, Science (New York, N.Y.), Vol. 292, No. 5519, 1171–1175
A journal article with 3 authors
Huynh, W. U.; Dittmer, J. J.; Alivisatos, A. P. (2002). Hybrid nanorod-polymer solar cells, Science (New York, N.Y.), Vol. 295, No. 5564, 2425–2427
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Samanta, M. P.; Tongprasit, W.; Istrail, S.; Cameron, R. A.; Tu, Q.; Davidson, E. H.; Stolc, V. (2006). The transcriptome of the sea urchin embryo, Science (New York, N.Y.), Vol. 314, No. 5801, 960–962

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Marsh, N. (2014). Forensic Photography, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Koch, A.; Krishnamurthy, R.; McAllister, J.; Woods, R.; El-Ghazawi, T. (Eds.). (2011). Reconfigurable Computing: Architectures, Tools and Applications: 7th International Symposium, ARC 2011, Belfast, UK, March 23-25, 2011. Proceedings (Vol. 6578), Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Rodrigues, E. R.; Achcar, J. A. (2013). Some Counting Processes and Ozone Air Pollution, J. A. Achcar (Ed.), Applications of Discrete-Time Markov Chains and Poisson Processes to Air Pollution Modeling and Studies, Springer, New York, NY, 79–89

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 Simulation Modelling.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2013, October 2). Forces of Evolution, IFLScience, IFLScience, from, accessed 30-10-2018


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. (1990). B-2 Bomber: Initial Flight Tests (NSIAD-90-284)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
Seip, N. (2009). A one day training on the human papillomavirus for foster youth receiving independent living services: A grant proposal (Doctoral dissertation)California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

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
Walsh, M. W. (2012, August 16). Muni Bonds Not as Safe As Thought, New York Times, p. B1, B1

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 Simulation Modelling
ISSN (print)1726-4529

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