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
C. Lusk, Plant ecology: Tree-species competition and coexistence, Nature. 422 (2003) 580–1; discussion 852.
A journal article with 2 authors
I. Dezhina, L. Graham, Is Russian science recovering?, Nature. 408 (2000) 19–20.
A journal article with 3 authors
I. Chen, P.J. Christie, D. Dubnau, The ins and outs of DNA transfer in bacteria, Science. 310 (2005) 1456–1460.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
C.-Y. Su, D.-G. Luo, A. Terakita, Y. Shichida, H.-W. Liao, M.A. Kazmi, T.P. Sakmar, K.-W. Yau, Parietal-eye phototransduction components and their potential evolutionary implications, Science. 311 (2006) 1617–1621.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J. Lehr, P. Ron, Foundations of Pulsed Power Technology, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2017.
An edited book
G. Bebis, R. Boyle, B. Parvin, D. Koracin, Y. Kuno, J. Wang, R. Pajarola, P. Lindstrom, A. Hinkenjann, M.L. Encarnação, C.T. Silva, D. Coming, eds., Advances in Visual Computing: 5th International Symposium, ISVC 2009, Las Vegas, NV, USA, November 30-December 2, 2009. Proceedings, Part II, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
N. Yamanaka, Q.-C. Hou, S. Du, Vegetation of the Loess Plateau, in: A. Tsunekawa, G. Liu, N. Yamanaka, S. Du (Eds.), Restoration and Development of the Degraded Loess Plateau, China, Springer Japan, Tokyo, 2014: pp. 49–60.

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
E. Andrew, Researchers Translate Ancient Egyptian Spellbook, IFLScience. (2014). (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, Direct Loan Debate, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1993.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
N.A. Walker, Mothers’ description of raising two children with an autism spectrum disorder: A case study, Doctoral dissertation, Capella University, 2010.

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
S. Galam, Abstention, France’s last temptation, New York Times. (2017) 0.

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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