How to format your references using the Journal of Logic and Algebraic Programming citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Logic and Algebraic Programming. 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
M.R. Payne, Fisheries: climate change at the dinner table, Nature. 497 (2013) 320–321.
A journal article with 2 authors
J.D. Pasteris, B. Wopenka, Laser-Raman spectroscopy: images of the Earth’s earliest fossils?, Nature. 420 (2002) 476–7; discussion 477.
A journal article with 3 authors
S.A. Desai, S.M. Bezrukov, J. Zimmerberg, A voltage-dependent channel involved in nutrient uptake by red blood cells infected with the malaria parasite, Nature. 406 (2000) 1001–1005.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
R. Bshary, A.S. Grutter, A.S.T. Willener, O. Leimar, Pairs of cooperating cleaner fish provide better service quality than singletons, Nature. 455 (2008) 964–966.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
G.A. Matthews, Pesticides, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2015.
An edited book
G.R. Mitchell, A. Tojeira, eds., Controlling the Morphology of Polymers: Multiple Scales of Structure and Processing, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
J. Sugarman, Neo-Foucaultian Approaches to Critical Inquiry in the Psychology of Education, in: T. Corcoran (Ed.), Psychology in Education: Critical Theory~Practice, SensePublishers, Rotterdam, 2014: pp. 53–69.

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 Logic and Algebraic Programming.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Newly Discovered Species in 2013, IFLScience. (2013). (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, Federal Judicial Space Follow-up, 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
V. Frias-Martinez, Behavior-based admission and access control for network security, Doctoral dissertation, Columbia University, 2008.

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
R. Minder, R. Callimachi, Officials Hunting for a Moroccan Man in the Barcelona Attack Investigation, New York Times. (2017) A9.

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 Logic and Algebraic Programming
AbbreviationJ. Log. Algebr. Program.
ISSN (print)1567-8326
ScopeComputational Theory and Mathematics
Theoretical Computer Science

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