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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Computational Science. 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
R. Coontz, Science CAREERS. Hydrogeologists tap into demand for an irreplaceable resource, Science. 321 (2008) 858–859.
A journal article with 2 authors
D.B. Karner, R.A. Muller, PALEOCLIMATE: A Causality Problem for Milankovitch, Science. 288 (2000) 2143–2144.
A journal article with 3 authors
C. Goldblatt, T.M. Lenton, A.J. Watson, Bistability of atmospheric oxygen and the Great Oxidation, Nature. 443 (2006) 683–686.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
W. Jiang, J. Chang, J. Jakana, P. Weigele, J. King, W. Chiu, Structure of epsilon15 bacteriophage reveals genome organization and DNA packaging/injection apparatus, Nature. 439 (2006) 612–616.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R. Karr, Lead, Sell, or Get Out of the Way, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2009.
An edited book
B. Yuen, A.G.O. Yeh, eds., High-Rise Living in Asian Cities, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
F.V.D. Plaat, Striving for Education for All in Ghana, in: A. Verger, M. Novelli, K. Mundy, A. Eickelberg, L. Grant, S. Hilgersom, J. Hoop, F. van der Plaat, J. Sarfaty (Eds.), Campaigning for “Education for All”: Histories, Strategies and Outcomes of Transnational Advocacy Coalitions in Education, SensePublishers, Rotterdam, 2012: pp. 65–82.

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 Science.

Blog post
J. O`Callaghan, Orbital Antares Rocket Lifts Off Two Years After Disastrous Explosion, IFLScience. (2016).


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, Public Education: Issues Involving Single-Gender Schools and Programs, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1996.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
M. Sundell, From fine art to fashion: Man Ray’s ambivalent avant-garde, Doctoral dissertation, Columbia University, 2009.

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. Meacham, The Grace of George H.W. Bush, New York Times. (2016) SR4.

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 Science
AbbreviationJ. Comput. Sci.
ISSN (print)1877-7503
ScopeGeneral Computer Science
Modelling and Simulation
Theoretical Computer Science

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