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
Shelly, D.R., 2010. Migrating tremors illuminate complex deformation beneath the seismogenic San Andreas fault. Nature 463, 648–652.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lewis, C.L., Coffroth, M.A., 2004. The acquisition of exogenous algal symbionts by an octocoral after bleaching. Science 304, 1490–1492.
A journal article with 3 authors
Leopold, D.A., Bondar, I.V., Giese, M.A., 2006. Norm-based face encoding by single neurons in the monkey inferotemporal cortex. Nature 442, 572–575.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Mehlmann, L.M., Saeki, Y., Tanaka, S., Brennan, T.J., Evsikov, A.V., Pendola, F.L., Knowles, B.B., Eppig, J.J., Jaffe, L.A., 2004. The Gs-linked receptor GPR3 maintains meiotic arrest in mammalian oocytes. Science 306, 1947–1950.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ugeux, G., 2014. International Finance Regulation. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Pelc, A., Raynal, M. (Eds.), 2005. Structural Information and Communication Complexity: 12 International Colloquium, SIROCCO 2005, Mont Saint-Michel, France, May 24-26, 2005. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Casalino, N., Armenia, S., Draoli, M., 2010. A System Dynamics Model to Identify and Measure the Paper Digitization Advantages in Public Administration, in: D’Atri, A., De Marco, M., Braccini, A.M., Cabiddu, F. (Eds.), Management of the Interconnected World: ItAIS: The Italian Association for Information Systems. Physica-Verlag HD, Heidelberg, pp. 29–36.

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., 2015. Spectacular New Images Of Pluto Released [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 2002. Space Transportation: Challenges Facing NASA’s Space Launch Initiative (No. GAO-02-1020). 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
Ji, J.H., 2010. Near-field characteristics of wall jets with tabs (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Greenhouse, L., 2009. The Chief Justice on the Spot. New York Times A27.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Shelly, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Lewis and Coffroth, 2004; Shelly, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Lewis and Coffroth, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Mehlmann et al., 2004)

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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