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 (J Algebr Comb). 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
Sartorius, N.: Short-lived campaigns are not enough. Nature. 468, 163–165 (2010)
A journal article with 2 authors
Ogawa, W., Kasuga, M.: Cell signaling. Fat stress and liver resistance. Science. 322, 1483–1484 (2008)
A journal article with 3 authors
Liu, W.W., Mazor, O., Wilson, R.I.: Thermosensory processing in the Drosophila brain. Nature. 519, 353–357 (2015)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Switzer, J.A., Kothari, H.M., Poizot, P., Nakanishi, S., Bohannan, E.W.: Enantiospecific electrodeposition of a chiral catalyst. Nature. 425, 490–493 (2003)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Corsi, P., Dulieu, M.: The Marketing of Technology Intensive Products and Services. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ (2013)
An edited book
Stock, O., Zancanaro, M. eds: PEACH - Intelligent Interfaces for Museum Visits. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (2007)
A chapter in an edited book
Choi, P.L.: Negotiation and Renegotiation of Gender Identities. In: Goodson, I.F., Loveless, A.M., and Stephens, D. (eds.) Explorations in Narrative Research. pp. 43–58. SensePublishers, Rotterdam (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
O`Callaghan, J.: Stephen Hawking’s Interstellar Mission To Alpha Centauri Gets Help From NASA To Deal With Radiation,


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: Reports Issued in July 1988. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (1988)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Blair, G.T.: The effects of a league guided sportsmanship program on the behaviors of youth sports athletes, (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
Poniewozik, J.: Chatter, in Hopes of Preventing Splatter, (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, 1].
This sentence cites four references [1, 1, 1, 1].

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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