How to format your references using the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing. 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
D.R. Hilton, Geochemistry. The leaking mantle, Science. 318 (2007) 1389–1390.
A journal article with 2 authors
A.R. Parker, C.R. Lawrence, Water capture by a desert beetle, Nature. 414 (2001) 33–34.
A journal article with 3 authors
R. Yang, S.D. Willett, L. Goren, In situ low-relief landscape formation as a result of river network disruption, Nature. 520 (2015) 526–529.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
A. Klin, D.J. Lin, P. Gorrindo, G. Ramsay, W. Jones, Two-year-olds with autism orient to non-social contingencies rather than biological motion, Nature. 459 (2009) 257–261.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
P. Reinke, Inorganic Nanostructures, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany, 2012.
An edited book
J. Besson, Non-Linear Mechanics of Materials, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
A. Lal, S. Qadeer, Reachability Modulo Theories, in: P.A. Abdulla, I. Potapov (Eds.), Reachability Problems: 7th International Workshop, RP 2013, Uppsala, Sweden, September 24-26, 2013 Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2013: pp. 23–44.

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 Parallel and Distributed Computing.

Blog post
J. Davis, Largest Turtle Breeding Colony In The Atlantic Discovered, IFLScience. (2015). (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, Substitution of Shore Leave for Sick Leave, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1973.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
I. Katavic, Corporate social responsibility and sustainable competitive advantage: A case study of the cement industry, Doctoral dissertation, Northcentral University, 2014.

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
K. Kelly, Investing in the Pain of Student Debt Is a Tough but Tempting Play, New York Times. (2017) B1.

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 Parallel and Distributed Computing
AbbreviationJ. Parallel Distrib. Comput.
ISSN (print)0743-7315
ScopeArtificial Intelligence
Computer Networks and Communications
Hardware and Architecture
Theoretical Computer Science

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