How to format your references using the Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Series A citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Series A. 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
W. Cui, Astronomy. Very energetic gamma rays from microblazars, Science. 309 (2005) 714–715.
A journal article with 2 authors
W. Barnes, R. Sambles, Physics. Only skin deep, Science. 305 (2004) 785–786.
A journal article with 3 authors
T. Sugawara, F. Kano, M. Murata, Rab2A is a pivotal switch protein that promotes either secretion or ER-associated degradation of (pro)insulin in insulin-secreting cells, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 6952.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
W.E. Kaden, T. Wu, W.A. Kunkel, S.L. Anderson, Electronic structure controls reactivity of size-selected Pd clusters adsorbed on TiO2 surfaces, Science. 326 (2009) 826–829.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
M.R. Islam, A.B. Chhetri, M.M. Khan, The Greening of Petroleum Operations, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2010.
An edited book
C. Chen, R. Larsen, eds., Library and Information Sciences: Trends and Research, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
M. Levering, God and Natural Law: Reflections on Genesis 22, in: F.J. Contreras (Ed.), The Threads of Natural Law: Unravelling a Philosophical Tradition, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2013: pp. 65–83.

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 Combinatorial Theory, Series A.

Blog post
S. Luntz, Planet Found Orbiting Two Stars In the Habitable Zone, IFLScience. (2015). (accessed October 30, 2018).


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, Environmental Satellites: NOAA Needs to Ensure Its Timelines Are Accurate, Clear, and Fully Documented, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2016.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
J.M. Murdock, Lethe and the Twin Bodhisattvas of Forgiveness and Forgetfulness, Doctoral dissertation, Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2017.

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
G. Vecsey, Chamberlain Proves No Match For Rally Monkey, New York Times. (2009) B17.

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 Combinatorial Theory, Series A
AbbreviationJ. Comb. Theory Ser. A.
ISSN (print)0097-3165
ScopeComputational Theory and Mathematics
Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics
Theoretical Computer Science

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