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
Egger, A.E.: IBI series winner. Engaging students in earthquakes via real-time data and decisions. Science. 336, 1654–1655 (2012)
A journal article with 2 authors
Rothenberg, K.H., Terry, S.F.: Human genetics. Before it’s too late--addressing fear of genetic information. Science. 297, 196–197 (2002)
A journal article with 3 authors
Kwak, S.-H., Shen, R., Schiefelbein, J.: Positional signaling mediated by a receptor-like kinase in Arabidopsis. Science. 307, 1111–1113 (2005)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Weikum, W.M., Vouloumanos, A., Navarra, J., Soto-Faraco, S., Sebastián-Gallés, N., Werker, J.F.: Visual language discrimination in infancy. Science. 316, 1159 (2007)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rubin, A.B.: Fundamentals of Biophysics. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ (2014)
An edited book
Metcalfe, A.V.: Introductory Time Series with R. Springer, New York, NY (2009)
A chapter in an edited book
Yoshida, E., Esteves, C., Kanoun, O., Poirier, M., Mallet, A., Laumond, J.-P., Yokoi, K.: Planning Whole-body Humanoid Locomotion, Reaching, and Manipulation. In: Harada, K., Yoshida, E., and Yokoi, K. (eds.) Motion Planning for Humanoid Robots. pp. 99–128. Springer, London (2010)

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.: Logical Circuits Created With Slime Molds


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: St. Louis Postal Data Center’s Administration of Accounts Payable. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (1970)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Salazar, A.: Small school, big gains: A case study of urban high school reform, (2012)

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
Feeney, K.: Only Soy Died for These Dishes, (2010)

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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