How to format your references using the Journal of Process Control citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Process Control. 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
H. Goto, Step-by-step magic state encoding for efficient fault-tolerant quantum computation, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 7501.
A journal article with 2 authors
N. Kawai, T. Matsuzawa, Numerical memory span in a chimpanzee, Nature. 403 (2000) 39–40.
A journal article with 3 authors
M. Tomonaga, Y. Uwano, T. Saito, How dolphins see the world: a comparison with chimpanzees and humans, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 3717.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
J. Emerson, M. Silva, O. Moussa, C. Ryan, M. Laforest, J. Baugh, D.G. Cory, R. Laflamme, Symmetrized characterization of noisy quantum processes, Science. 317 (2007) 1893–1896.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R.V. Hoffman, Organic Chemistry, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2004.
An edited book
E. Rossi, Assessing Relative Valuation in Equity Markets: Bridging Research and Practice, Palgrave Macmillan UK, London, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
A.A. Buzdin, S.A. Lukyanov, Stem-Loop Oligonucleotides as Hybridization Probes and Their Practical Use in Molecular Biology and Biomedicine, in: A.A. Buzdin, S.A. Lukyanov (Eds.), Nucleic Acids Hybridization Modern Applications, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2007: pp. 85–96.

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 Process Control.

Blog post
J. Davis, Mothers Predominately Cradling Infants On Their Left May Have A Deep Evolutionary Origin, IFLScience. (2017).


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, Reasons for Funding Selected Entitlements Programs by Other Than 1-Year Appropriations, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1978.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
G. Othmanawny, Soaked and Unsoaked Performance of Crushed Gravel and Limestone Aggregates, Doctoral dissertation, Southern Illinois 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. Branch, Ready to Jump In If Needed (Not Likely), New York Times. (2016) D1.

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 Process Control
AbbreviationJ. Process Control
ISSN (print)0959-1524
ScopeComputer Science Applications
Control and Systems Engineering
Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Modelling and Simulation

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