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
Norenzayan, A.: Behavior. Explaining human behavioral diversity. Science. 332, 1041–1042 (2011)
A journal article with 2 authors
Gomes, C.P., Selman, B.: Computer science. Satisfied with physics. Science. 297, 784–785 (2002)
A journal article with 3 authors
Zhang, Z.-Y., Sun, K.-D., Wang, S.-Q.: Enhanced community structure detection in complex networks with partial background information. Sci. Rep. 3, 3241 (2013)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Dickson, J.L., Head, J.W., Levy, J.S., Marchant, D.R.: Don Juan Pond, Antarctica: near-surface CaCl(2)-brine feeding Earth’s most saline lake and implications for Mars. Sci. Rep. 3, 1166 (2013)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Stacey, D.: Aeronautical Radio Communication Systems and Networks. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK (2008)
An edited book
Wang, X., Tsai, J.J.-H. eds: Collaborative Design in Virtual Environments. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht (2011)
A chapter in an edited book
Ruggeri, T., Sugiyama, M.: RET of Rarefied Monatomic Gas. In: Sugiyama, M. (ed.) Rational Extended Thermodynamics beyond the Monatomic Gas. pp. 79–106. Springer International Publishing, Cham (2015)

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
Davis, J.: Shell Gets Final Permit To Allow It To Begin Drilling In The Arctic,


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: Telecommunications: Federal Broadband Deployment Programs and Small Business. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (2014)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Corona, B.: Laws governing the treatment, involuntary detention and community integration of individuals with developmental disabilities: A policy analysis, (2012)

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
Goldstein, M., Abrams, R., Protess, B.: Private Equity Hits Close to Home, (2016)

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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