How to format your references using the Journal of Innovation in Digital Ecosystems citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Innovation in Digital Ecosystems. 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
J.D. Fridley, Extended leaf phenology and the autumn niche in deciduous forest invasions, Nature. 485 (2012) 359–362.
A journal article with 2 authors
T. Jenuwein, C.D. Allis, Translating the histone code, Science. 293 (2001) 1074–1080.
A journal article with 3 authors
K. Ragunathan, G. Jih, D. Moazed, Epigenetics. Epigenetic inheritance uncoupled from sequence-specific recruitment, Science. 348 (2015) 1258699.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Y. Gogotsi, S. Welz, D.A. Ersoy, M.J. McNallan, Conversion of silicon carbide to crystalline diamond-structured carbon at ambient pressure, Nature. 411 (2001) 283–287.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
K. O’Connor, F. Aardema, M.-C. Pélissier, Beyond Reasonable Doubt, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2006.
An edited book
G.C. Fanelli, ed., The Multiple Ligament Injured Knee: A Practical Guide to Management, 2nd ed. 2013, Springer, New York, NY, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
K. Imura, H. Okamoto, Near-Field Optical Imaging of Wavefunctions and Optical Fields in Plasmonic Nanostructures, in: M. Ohtsu (Ed.), Progress in Nanophotonics 1, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2011: pp. 127–160.

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 Innovation in Digital Ecosystems.

Blog post
J. O`Callaghan, New Metal Alloy Four Times Stronger Than Titanium Could Revolutionize Prosthetics, IFLScience. (2016). (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, Vulnerabilities of Telecommunications Systems to Unauthorized Use, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1977.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
V. Clément, From Adaptation to Transformation: A Resilience Perspective on Organizational Responses to Ecological Adversity, Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, 2017.

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. Kanter, E.U. Leader Urges Simplifying Bloc, New York Times. (2017) A8.

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 Innovation in Digital Ecosystems
AbbreviationJ. Innov. Digit. Ecosyst.
ISSN (print)2352-6645

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