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
Haroche, S., 2012, “The Secrets of My Prizewinning Research,” Nature, 490(7420), p. 311.
A journal article with 2 authors
Murphy, K. G., and Bloom, S. R., 2006, “Gut Hormones and the Regulation of Energy Homeostasis,” Nature, 444(7121), pp. 854–859.
A journal article with 3 authors
Gonsamo, A., Chen, J. M., and Wu, C., 2013, “Citizen Science: Linking the Recent Rapid Advances of Plant Flowering in Canada with Climate Variability,” Sci. Rep., 3, p. 2239.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Frank, M. R., Mitchell, L., Dodds, P. S., and Danforth, C. M., 2013, “Happiness and the Patterns of Life: A Study of Geolocated Tweets,” Sci. Rep., 3, p. 2625.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Li, F. M., Nathan, A., Wu, Y., and Ong, B. S., 2011, Organic Thin Film Transistor Integration, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany.
An edited book
Lenaerts, B., 2009, Omnidirectional Inductive Powering for Biomedical Implants, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Asadi, S., Farhad Masoudi, S., and Shahriari, M., 2009, “Simulation of Human Eye for Ophthalmic Brachytherapy Dosimetry Using MCNP-4C Code,” World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, September 7 - 12, 2009, Munich, Germany: Vol. 25/3 Radiation Protection and Dosimetry, Biological Effects of Radiation, O. Dössel, and W.C. Schlegel, eds., Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 9–12.

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
Fang, J., 2015, “Female Fish Genital Openings Are Smaller When There Are Lots Of Predators Around,” 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, 1979, Student Eligibility and Other Problems in Federally Funded and Operated Schools in Puerto Rico, HRD-78-173, 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
Stefanek, A., 2019, “Quantitative Purchasing Structure for Ferrous Scrap,” Doctoral dissertation, George Washington 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
Gordon, M. R., 2017, “How the President Wrongly Blamed The Times for a Terrorist’s Survival,” New York Times, p. A11.

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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