How to format your references using the Journal of Scientific Computing citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Scientific 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.
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
Schiermeier, Q.: Catalonian powerhouse. Nature. 454, 248–249 (2008)
A journal article with 2 authors
Fuchs-Schündeln, N., Schündeln, M.: Political economy. On the endogeneity of political preferences: evidence from individual experience with democracy. Science. 347, 1145–1148 (2015)
A journal article with 3 authors
Hwang, C.-S., Shemorry, A., Varshavsky, A.: N-terminal acetylation of cellular proteins creates specific degradation signals. Science. 327, 973–977 (2010)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Vocadlo, L., Alfè, D., Gillan, M.J., Wood, I.G., Brodholt, J.P., Price, G.D.: Possible thermal and chemical stabilization of body-centred-cubic iron in the Earth’s core. Nature. 424, 536–539 (2003)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Smirnov, B.M.: Fundamentals of Ionized Gases. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany (2011)
An edited book
Davidson, L.: Pro SQL Server 2008 Relational Database Design and Implementation. Apress, Berkeley, CA (2008)
A chapter in an edited book
Sietsma, J.H., Wessels, J.G.H.: Apical Wall Biogenesis. In: Kües, U. and Fischer, R. (eds.) Growth, Differentiation and Sexuality. pp. 53–72. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (2006)

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 Scientific Computing.

Blog post
Andrew, E.: Baobab Trees Trace The African Diaspora Across The Indian Ocean,


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: Civil Aviation Research and Development Programs and Facilities. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (1976)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Nesbit, P.R.: Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles and Structure from Motion: A fresh approach to photogrammetry, (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
Cooper, M.: Lincoln Center Scraps $500 Million Renovation, (2017)

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 Scientific Computing
AbbreviationJ. Sci. Comput.
ISSN (print)0885-7474
ISSN (online)1573-7691
ScopeComputational Theory and Mathematics
General Engineering
Theoretical Computer Science

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