How to format your references using the Journal of the Brazilian Computer Society citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of the Brazilian Computer Society. 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
Beltrami H (2002) Paleoclimate. Earth’s long-term memory. Science 297:206–207
A journal article with 2 authors
McMichael RD, Stiles MD (2008) Physics. A new spin on the Doppler effect. Science 322:386–387
A journal article with 3 authors
Eggleton PP, Dearborn DSP, Lattanzio JC (2006) Deep mixing of 3He: reconciling Big Bang and stellar nucleosynthesis. Science 314:1580–1583
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Bartels R, Backus S, Zeek E, et al (2000) Shaped-pulse optimization of coherent emission of high-harmonic soft X-rays. Nature 406:164–166

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Savaux V, Louët Y (2014) MMSE-Based Algorithm for Joint Signal Detection, Channel and Noise Variance Estimation for OFDM Systems. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Boden F, Lawson N, Jentink HW, Kompenhans J (2013) Advanced In-Flight Measurement Techniques. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Bolt JH, Renooij S (2014) Local Sensitivity of Bayesian Networks to Multiple Simultaneous Parameter Shifts. In: Gaag LC van der, Feelders AJ (eds) Probabilistic Graphical Models: 7th European Workshop, PGM 2014, Utrecht, The Netherlands, September 17-19, 2014. Proceedings. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 65–80

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 the Brazilian Computer Society.

Blog post
Andrew E (2014) Five Ways To Keep Your Home Warm This Winter. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 2018


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 (2010) National Airspace System: Setting On-Time Performance Targets at Congested Airports Could Help Focus FAA’s Actions. 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
Hoang V (2009) Software maintenance: A program slicer using cross referencer. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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 (2000) . . . as Thrift Store, Feeling Out of Place, to Shut Over Rent. New York Times 149

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 the Brazilian Computer Society
AbbreviationJ. Braz. Comput. Soc.
ISSN (print)0104-6500
ISSN (online)1678-4804
ScopeGeneral Computer Science

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