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
May, R.M.: Raising Europe’s game. Nature. 430, 831–832 (2004)
A journal article with 2 authors
Rivera, L.B., Bergers, G.: Angiogenesis. Targeting vascular sprouts. Science. 344, 1449–1450 (2014)
A journal article with 3 authors
Kanai, T., Minemoto, S., Sakai, H.: Quantum interference during high-order harmonic generation from aligned molecules. Nature. 435, 470–474 (2005)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Hunt, J., Brooks, R., Jennions, M.D., Smith, M.J., Bentsen, C.L., Bussière, L.F.: High-quality male field crickets invest heavily in sexual display but die young. Nature. 432, 1024–1027 (2004)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Li, F.-C., Yu, B., Wei, J.-J., Kawaguchi, Y.: Turbulent Drag Reduction by Surfactant Additives. John Wiley & Sons Singapore Pte. Ltd., Singapore (2011)
An edited book
Hutter, M., Schmidt, J.-M. eds: Radio Frequency Identification: Security and Privacy Issues 9th International Workshop, RFIDsec 2013, Graz, Austria, July 9-11, 2013, Revised Selected Papers. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (2013)
A chapter in an edited book
Guceac, I., Serotila, I.: The Opportunity of Recognition of the Right to Water as a Fundamental Human Right. In: Duca, G. (ed.) Management of Water Quality in Moldova. pp. 61–69. Springer International Publishing, Cham (2014)

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
Hamilton, K.: Yoshinori Ohsumi – A Deserving Winner Of The Nobel Prize For Physiology Or Medicine,


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: National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Planned Use of Information Technology for the Space Station. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (1987)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Kramer, J.A.: Accurate Localization Given Uncertain Sensors, (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
LaFRANIERE, S., Palmer, E.: In 130 of Worst Shootings, Vision of Porous Gun Laws, (2016)

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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