How to format your references using the Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics. 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
Wood, J.L.: Organic chemistry: Collaborative synthesis. Nature. 509, 293–294 (2014)
A journal article with 2 authors
Hommelhoff, P., Higuchi, T.: Strong-field physics: Harmonic radiation from crystals. Nature. 523, 541–542 (2015)
A journal article with 3 authors
Lazzaro, B.P., Sceurman, B.K., Clark, A.G.: Genetic basis of natural variation in D. melanogaster antibacterial immunity. Science. 303, 1873–1876 (2004)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Al-Dirini, F., Hossain, F.M., Nirmalathas, A., Skafidas, E.: All-graphene planar self-switching MISFEDs, Metal-Insulator-Semiconductor Field-Effect Diodes. Sci. Rep. 4, 3983 (2014)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Dexter, A.L.: Monitoring and Control of Information-Poor Systems. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK (2012)
An edited book
Almeida, A., Castro, L., Speck, F.-O. eds: Advances in Harmonic Analysis and Operator Theory: The Stefan Samko Anniversary Volume. Springer, Basel (2013)
A chapter in an edited book
FitzGerald, D., Paulus, J.: Unpitched Percussion Transcription. In: Klapuri, A. and Davy, M. (eds.) Signal Processing Methods for Music Transcription. pp. 131–162. Springer US, Boston, MA (2006)

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 Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics.

Blog post
Luntz, S.: Supernovae and Black Holes Clean Galaxies,


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: Airport Funding: Changes in Aviation Activity Are Reflected in Reduced Capacity Concerns. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (2015)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Lam, N.N.: The effect of racial disparities and adult supervision in Human Papillomavirus knowledge among female adolescents, (2013)

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
Qiu, L.: On Spectrum of Extremism, Far Left Takes Relatively Little Space, (2017)

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 titleJournal of Algebraic Combinatorics
AbbreviationJ. Algebraic Combin.
ISSN (print)0925-9899
ISSN (online)1572-9192
ScopeAlgebra and Number Theory
Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics

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