How to format your references using the Journal of Computational Physics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Computational Physics. 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
E.A. Carter, Challenges in modeling materials properties without experimental input, Science. 321 (2008) 800–803.
A journal article with 2 authors
C. Grande, N.H. Patel, Nodal signalling is involved in left-right asymmetry in snails, Nature. 457 (2009) 1007–1011.
A journal article with 3 authors
J. Zhao, S. Benlekbir, J.L. Rubinstein, Electron cryomicroscopy observation of rotational states in a eukaryotic V-ATPase, Nature. 521 (2015) 241–245.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
B. Li, J.P.J. Yu, J.S. Brunzelle, G.N. Moll, W.A. van der Donk, S.K. Nair, Structure and mechanism of the lantibiotic cyclase involved in nisin biosynthesis, Science. 311 (2006) 1464–1467.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
W.S. Mallios, Forecasting in Financial and Sports Gambling Markets, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2010.
An edited book
R. Szabó, H. Zhu, S. Imre, R. Chaparadza, eds., Access Networks: 5th International ICST Conference on Access Networks, AccessNets 2010 and First ICST International Workshop on Autonomic Networking and Self-Management in Access Networks, SELFMAGICNETS 2010, Budapest, Hungary, November 3-5, 2010, Revised Selected Papers, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
M.C. Romero-Puertas, A.P. Ortega-Galisteo, M. Rodríguez-Serrano, L.M. Sandalio, Insights into Cadmium Toxicity: Reactive Oxygen and Nitrogen Species Function, in: D.K. Gupta, L.M. Sandalio (Eds.), Metal Toxicity in Plants: Perception, Signaling and Remediation, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012: pp. 91–117.

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 Physics.

Blog post
S. Luntz, New Electric Fish Genus in Amazon Tributaries, IFLScience. (2014). (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, Social Security Administration: Risks Associated With Information Technology Investment Continue, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1994.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
D.A. Russo, Cancer: Modeling the distribution of sizes of detectable metastases, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2010.

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
J.A. Meyer, L.R. Meyer, Abolish Parole, New York Times. (2007) 14CT15.

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 Physics
AbbreviationJ. Comput. Phys.
ISSN (print)0021-9991
ScopeComputer Science Applications
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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