How to format your references using the Journal of Symbolic Computation citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Symbolic Computation. 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
Cyranoski, D., 2007. Enter the dragon. Nature 449, 502–504.
A journal article with 2 authors
Buffett, B.A., Wenk, H.R., 2001. Texturing of the Earth’s inner core by Maxwell stresses. Nature 413, 60–63.
A journal article with 3 authors
Halazonetis, T.D., Gorgoulis, V.G., Bartek, J., 2008. An oncogene-induced DNA damage model for cancer development. Science 319, 1352–1355.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Takasaki, T., Hatakeyama, K., Suzuki, G., Watanabe, M., Isogai, A., Hinata, K., 2000. The S receptor kinase determines self-incompatibility in Brassica stigma. Nature 403, 913–916.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Prud’Homme, R., 2014. Flows and Chemical Reactions in an Electromagnetic Field. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Bonnelle, C., 2015. Rare-Earths and Actinides in High Energy Spectroscopy, Progress in Theoretical Chemistry and Physics. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Yoccoz, J.-C., 2011. Small Divisors: Number Theory in Dynamical Systems, in: Schleicher, D., Lackmann, M. (Eds.), An Invitation to Mathematics: From Competitions to Research. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 43–54.

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 Symbolic Computation.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2014. An Insight Into The Domestication Of Barnyard Chickens [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).

Reports

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, 2015. Environmental Satellites: Improvements Needed in NOAA’s Mitigation Strategies as It Prepares for Potential Satellite Coverage Gaps (No. GAO-15-386T). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Caballero Suarez, O.L., 2008. Effects of ion correlations in high density plasmas: Neutrino scattering and transport properties in supernovae and neutron star crusts (Doctoral dissertation). Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

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
Crow, K., 2001. Pool or Gym? A Task Force Chooses Both. New York Times 146.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Cyranoski, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Buffett and Wenk, 2001; Cyranoski, 2007).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Buffett and Wenk, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Takasaki et al., 2000)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Symbolic Computation
AbbreviationJ. Symb. Comput.
ISSN (print)0747-7171
ScopeAlgebra and Number Theory
Computational Mathematics

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