How to format your references using the Journal of Computers in Education citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Computers in Education. 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
Jensen, M. H. (2002). Obituary: Per Bak (1947-2002). Nature, 420(6913), 284.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hinchliffe, P., & Sazanov, L. A. (2005). Organization of iron-sulfur clusters in respiratory complex I. Science (New York, N.Y.), 309(5735), 771–774.
A journal article with 3 authors
Gerke, J., Lorenz, K., & Cohen, B. (2009). Genetic interactions between transcription factors cause natural variation in yeast. Science (New York, N.Y.), 323(5913), 498–501.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Pham, K. N., Puertas, A. M., Bergenholtz, J., Egelhaaf, S. U., Moussaïd, A., Pusey, P. N., et al. (2002). Multiple glassy states in a simple model system. Science (New York, N.Y.), 296(5565), 104–106.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Campbell, C. A., & Collins, M. (2010). The One-Page Project Manager for Execution. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Chli, M., & Wilde, P. de (Eds.). (2009). Convergence and Knowledge Processing in Multi-Agent Systems. London: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Rouche, N. (2011). Théorie de la stabilité dans les équations difféerentielles ordinaires. In L. Salvadori (Ed.), Stability Problems (pp. 112–194). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

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 Computers in Education.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, July 15). Beyond Pluto: New Horizons’ Mission Is Not Over Yet. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 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. (1978). Procedures for Evaluating Research and Development Contracts in the Department of Transportation (No. PSAD-78-110). 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
Pan, C.-M. (2012). Synthesis and Evaluation of Macrocycles as Potential Antitumor Agents (Doctoral dissertation). University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA.

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
Wagner, J. (2016, September 12). Rookie Succeeds With Two Motivations: Playoff Race and His Student Loans. New York Times, p. D2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Jensen 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Hinchliffe and Sazanov 2005; Jensen 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Hinchliffe and Sazanov 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Pham et al. 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Computers in Education
AbbreviationJ. Comput. Educ.
ISSN (print)2197-9987
ISSN (online)2197-9995

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