How to format your references using the Journal of Computational Design and Engineering citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Computational Design and Engineering. 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
Pain, E. (2007). Science careers. European programs offer translational training. Science (New York, N.Y.), 317(5840), 968–969.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wuchty, S., & Uetz, P. (2014). Protein-protein Interaction Networks of E. coli and S. cerevisiae are similar. Scientific Reports, 4, 7187.
A journal article with 3 authors
Siegel, D. A., Doney, S. C., & Yoder, J. A. (2002). The North Atlantic spring phytoplankton bloom and Sverdrup’s critical depth hypothesis. Science (New York, N.Y.), 296(5568), 730–733.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Horner-Devine, M. C., Lage, M., Hughes, J. B., & Bohannan, B. J. M. (2004). A taxa-area relationship for bacteria. Nature, 432(7018), 750–753.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lieberman, N. P. (2010). Process Engineering for a Small Planet. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Marx, D., & Rossmanith, P. (Eds.). (2012). Parameterized and Exact Computation: 6th International Symposium, IPEC 2011, Saarbrücken, Germany, September 6-8, 2011. Revised Selected Papers (Vol. 7112). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Godart, B., de Rooij, M., & Wood, J. G. M. (2013). Severity Investigation. In B. Godart, M. de Rooij, & J. G. M. Wood (Eds.), Guide to Diagnosis and Appraisal of AAR Damage to Concrete in Structures: Part 1 Diagnosis (AAR 6.1) (pp. 65–78). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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 Design and Engineering.

Blog post
Evans, K. (2016, September 2). How AI Will Affect Urban Life In 2030, According To Scientists. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (2007). Information Technology: Further Improvements Needed to identify and Oversee Poorly Planned and Performing Projects (No. GAO-07-1211T). 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
Brown, H. P. (2003). The Pragmatics of Direct Address in the Iliad: A Study in Linguistic Politeness (Doctoral dissertation). Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

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
Hartocollis, A. (2014, September 13). Doctor Who Worked on Rivers Steps Down From Post at Medical Clinic. New York Times, p. A15.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Pain, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Pain, 2007; Wuchty & Uetz, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Wuchty & Uetz, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Siegel, Doney, & Yoder, 2002)
  • 6 or more authors: (Horner-Devine, Lage, Hughes, & Bohannan, 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Computational Design and Engineering
ISSN (print)2288-4300

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