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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Computing in Higher Education (J Comput High Educ). 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
Clutton-Brock, T. (2009). Cooperation between non-kin in animal societies. Nature, 462(7269), 51–57.
A journal article with 2 authors
Chiu, C., & Weliky, M. (2003). Neuroscience. Synaptic modification by vision. Science (New York, N.Y.), 300(5627), 1890–1891.
A journal article with 3 authors
Li, W. K. W., Harrison, W. G., & Head, E. J. H. (2006). Coherent sign switching in multiyear trends of microbial plankton. Science (New York, N.Y.), 311(5764), 1157–1160.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Hwang, H., Robinson, D., Rogers, J. B., Stevenson, T. K., Lang, S. E., Sadayappan, S., et al. (2013). Agonist activated PKCβII translocation and modulation of cardiac myocyte contractile function. Scientific reports, 3, 1971.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Stauffer, H. B. (2007). Contemporary Bayesian and Frequentist Statistical Research Methods for Natural Resource Scientists. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Garas, A. (Ed.). (2016). Interconnected Networks (1st ed. 2016.). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Arrowsmith, J. (2013). Severe Hand Injuries. In G. Chick (Ed.), Acute and Chronic Finger Injuries in Ball Sports (pp. 125–142). Paris: 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 Computing in Higher Education.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2014, July 11). Cooling Newborns Lowers Their Risk for Brain Damage. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 2018

Reports

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. (2016). Emergency Communications: Improved Procurement of Land Mobile Radios Could Enhance Interoperability and Cut Costs (No. GAO-17-12). 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
Shaker, M. (2015). Design of Front End Circuits for a Low Power Ultra Wide Band Receiver (Doctoral dissertation). University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA.

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
George, N. (2012, August 12). A Soul Fable, Reimagined For a New Era. New York Times, p. AR18.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Artsimovitch 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Levermann 2014; Vogel 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Chiu and Weliky 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Boulos et al. 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Computing in Higher Education
AbbreviationJ. Comput. High. Educ.
ISSN (print)1042-1726
ISSN (online)1867-1233
ScopeEducation

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