How to format your references using the International Journal on Software Tools for Technology Transfer citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal on Software Tools for Technology Transfer. 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
Alerstam, T.: Conflicting evidence about long-distance animal navigation. Science. 313, 791–794 (2006)
A journal article with 2 authors
Emerson, B.C., Kolm, N.: Species diversity can drive speciation. Nature. 434, 1015–1017 (2005)
A journal article with 3 authors
Ni, J., Yan, Q., Yu, Y.: How much metagenomic sequencing is enough to achieve a given goal? Sci. Rep. 3, 1968 (2013)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Wörner, H.J., Bertrand, J.B., Fabre, B., Higuet, J., Ruf, H., Dubrouil, A., Patchkovskii, S., Spanner, M., Mairesse, Y., Blanchet, V., Mével, E., Constant, E., Corkum, P.B., Villeneuve, D.M.: Conical intersection dynamics in NO2 probed by homodyne high-harmonic spectroscopy. Science. 334, 208–212 (2011)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Perini, K., Sabbion, P.: Urban Sustainability and River Restoration. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, UK (2017)
An edited book
Kim, Y.J., Platt, U. eds: Advanced Environmental Monitoring. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht (2008)
A chapter in an edited book
Stigler, J., Lundqvist, M., Cedervall, T., Dawson, K., Lynch, I.: Protein Interactions with Microballoons: Consequences for Biocompatibility and Application as Contrast Agents. In: Paradossi, G., Pellegretti, P., and Trucco, A. (eds.) Ultrasound Contrast Agents: Targeting and Processing Methods for Theranostics. pp. 53–66. Springer, Milano (2010)

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 on Software Tools for Technology Transfer.

Blog post
Andrew, E.: New Stem Cell Therapy Could Treat Mitochondrial Diseases


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: Public Transit: Survey of Public Transit Agency Officials on Contracting Out Public Transit Operations and Other Services (GAO-13-824SP, September 2013), an E-supplement to GAO-13-782. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (2013)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Martinez Abadia, J.M.: French for Spanish speakers: A contrastive study of English monolingual, bilingual, and plurilingual adult learners of French, (2014)

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
Viera, M.: Giants’ Manning Needs 12 Stitches After a Collision, (2010)

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 on Software Tools for Technology Transfer
AbbreviationInt. J. Softw. Tools Technol. Transf.
ISSN (print)1433-2779
ISSN (online)1433-2787
ScopeInformation Systems

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