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
Loder, N.: UK discussed ban on foreign job ads in 1960s. Nature. 403, 121 (2000)
A journal article with 2 authors
Whitaker, D.L., Edwards, J.: Sphagnum moss disperses spores with vortex rings. Science. 329, 406 (2010)
A journal article with 3 authors
Hays, G.C., Houghton, J.D.R., Myers, A.E.: Endangered species: Pan-Atlantic leatherback turtle movements. Nature. 429, 522 (2004)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Stevens, C.J., Dise, N.B., Mountford, J.O., Gowing, D.J.: Impact of nitrogen deposition on the species richness of grasslands. Science. 303, 1876–1879 (2004)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Yakir, B.: Extremes in Random Fields: A Theory and its Applications. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK (2013)
An edited book
Hrycay, E.G., Bandiera, S.M. eds: Monooxygenase, Peroxidase and Peroxygenase Properties and Mechanisms of Cytochrome P450. Springer International Publishing, Cham (2015)
A chapter in an edited book
Brown, D.W., Duchane, D.V., Heiken, G., Hriscu, V.T.: Planning and Drilling of the Phase II Boreholes. In: Duchane, D.V., Heiken, G., and Hriscu, V.T. (eds.) Mining the Earth’s Heat: Hot Dry Rock Geothermal Energy. pp. 237–312. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (2012)

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
Andrew, E.: Cities, Cyborgs And Social Science: How Will We Live In The Year 2065?,


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: National Airspace System: FAA’s Approach to Its New Communications System Appears Prudent, but Challenges Remain. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (2002)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Chandwasker, T.: Comparison of ad-hoc on demand distance vector and enhanced-ad-hoc on demand distance vector on vehicular ad-hoc networks, (2016)

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
Dominus, S.: Comic Relief, (2014)

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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