How to format your references using the Journal of Building Performance Simulation citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Building Performance Simulation. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Bevan, Michael J. 2007. “Immunology. The Cutting Edge of T Cell Selection.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 316 (5829): 1291–1292.
A journal article with 2 authors
Misra, Sambuddha, and Philip N. Froelich. 2012. “Lithium Isotope History of Cenozoic Seawater: Changes in Silicate Weathering and Reverse Weathering.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 335 (6070): 818–823.
A journal article with 3 authors
Park, Chan Young, Aleksandr Shcheglovitov, and Ricardo Dolmetsch. 2010. “The CRAC Channel Activator STIM1 Binds and Inhibits L-Type Voltage-Gated Calcium Channels.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 330 (6000): 101–105.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Han, Ji-Hyung, Edwin Khoo, Peng Bai, and Martin Z. Bazant. 2014. “Over-Limiting Current and Control of Dendritic Growth by Surface Conduction in Nanopores.” Scientific Reports 4 (November): 7056.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rumelhard, Christian, Catherine Algani, and Anne-Laure Billabert. 2013. Microwave Photonic Links. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Burge, Mark J., and Kevin W. Bowyer, eds. 2013. Handbook of Iris Recognition. Advances in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition. London: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Chistyakov, G. P. 2013. “On Probability Measures with Unbounded Angular Ratio.” In Limit Theorems in Probability, Statistics and Number Theory: In Honor of Friedrich Götze, edited by Peter Eichelsbacher, Guido Elsner, Holger Kösters, Matthias Löwe, Franz Merkl, and Silke Rolles, 75–92. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

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 Building Performance Simulation.

Blog post
Andrew, Elise. 2014. “Unpicking the Autism Puzzle by Linking Empathy to Reward.” IFLScience. IFLScience.


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. 1981. A Bibliography of Documents Issued by the GAO on Matters Related to: ADP. AFMD-81-85. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Mc Adams, Ashley N. 2012. “School Psychologists’ Perceptions of Procedural Fidelity in Special Education.” Doctoral dissertation, Long Beach, CA: California State University, Long Beach.

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
Feeney, Kelly. 2007. “Cheesecakes to Share, or Not.” New York Times, October 7.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Bevan 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Bevan 2007; Misra and Froelich 2012).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Misra and Froelich 2012)
  • Three authors: (Park, Shcheglovitov, and Dolmetsch 2010)
  • 4 or more authors: (Han et al. 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Building Performance Simulation
AbbreviationJ. Build. Perform. Simul.
ISSN (print)1940-1493
ISSN (online)1940-1507
ScopeComputer Science Applications
Building and Construction
Modelling and Simulation

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