How to format your references using the Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics. 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
Ranganathan, R., 2003, “Cell Biology. A Matter of Life or Death,” Science, 299(5613), pp. 1677–1679.
A journal article with 2 authors
Oki, T., and Kanae, S., 2006, “Global Hydrological Cycles and World Water Resources,” Science, 313(5790), pp. 1068–1072.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hines, P. J., Wible, B., and McCartney, M., 2010, “Science, Language, and Literacy. Learning to Read, Reading to Learn. Introduction,” Science, 328(5977), p. 447.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Koehn, E. M., Fleischmann, T., Conrad, J. A., Palfey, B. A., Lesley, S. A., Mathews, I. I., and Kohen, A., 2009, “An Unusual Mechanism of Thymidylate Biosynthesis in Organisms Containing the ThyX Gene,” Nature, 458(7240), pp. 919–923.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Goria, S., 2017, Methods and Tools for Creative Competitive Intelligence, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Roy, S., and Shaw, I. S., eds., 2016, Communicating Differences: Culture, Media, Peace and Conflict Negotiation, Palgrave Macmillan UK, London.
A chapter in an edited book
Cifuentes-Madrid, J. H., Arranz-Vals, P., and Deulofeu, J., 2015, “Best Practice in University Strategic Management’s Conceptual Framework,” Strategic Management of Universities in the Ibero-America Region: A Comparative Perspective, J.H. Cifuentes-Madrid, P. Landoni Couture, and X. Llinàs-Audet, eds., Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 129–146.

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 Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics.

Blog post
Carpineti, A., 2017, “The Cold Spot As Evidence Of The Multiverse? Not So Fast,” IFLScience [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 30-Oct-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, 1971, Acquisition and Use of Software Products for Automatic Data Processing Systems in the Federal Government, B-115369, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
D’Ambrosio, J. L., 2013, “Perspectives on the Geomorphic Evolution and Ecology of Modified Channels and Two-Stage Ditches in the Agriculturally-Dominated Midwestern United States,” Doctoral dissertation, Ohio State University.

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
Rothenberg, B., 2016, “Radwanska Upset in Straight Sets,” New York Times, p. B12.

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 Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics
AbbreviationJ. Comput. Nonlinear Dyn.
ISSN (print)1555-1415
ISSN (online)1555-1423
ScopeControl and Systems Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Applied Mathematics

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