How to format your references using the Journal of the Operations Research Society of China citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of the Operations Research Society of China. 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
Thompson, S.M.: Neuroscience. Matching at the synapse. Science. 308, 800–801 (2005)
A journal article with 2 authors
Bodirsky, B.L., Popp, A.: Sustainability: Australia at the crossroads. Nature. 527, 40–41 (2015)
A journal article with 3 authors
Zhou, Q., Su, X., Ning, K.: Assessment of quality control approaches for metagenomic data analysis. Sci. Rep. 4, 6957 (2014)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Kurz, T., Ozlü, N., Rudolf, F., O’Rourke, S.M., Luke, B., Hofmann, K., Hyman, A.A., Bowerman, B., Peter, M.: The conserved protein DCN-1/Dcn1p is required for cullin neddylation in C. elegans and S. cerevisiae. Nature. 435, 1257–1261 (2005)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Schulman, F.Y.: Veterinarian’s Guide to Maximizing Biopsy Results. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Chichester, UK (2016)
An edited book
Aja-Fernández, S.: Statistical Analysis of Noise in MRI: Modeling, Filtering and Estimation. Springer International Publishing, Cham (2016)
A chapter in an edited book
Ermolieva, T., Ermoliev, Y., Fischer, G., Jonas, M., Makowski, M.: Cost Effective and Environmentally Safe Emission Trading Under Uncertainty. In: Marti, K., Ermoliev, Y., and Makowski, M. (eds.) Coping with Uncertainty: Robust Solutions. pp. 79–99. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (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 the Operations Research Society of China.

Blog post
Carpineti, A.: Astronomers Spot A Star Being Ripped Apart By A Black Hole,


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: [Comments on Claim for Excess Valuation Charge]. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (1994)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Peng, E.: Teaching and Coaching Brazilian Jiujitsu: An Instructional Manual, (2017)

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
Hubbard, B.: Two Blasts Kill Dozens Near Shrines in Damascus, (2017)

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 Operations Research Society of China
AbbreviationJ. Oper. Res. Soc. China
ISSN (print)2194-668X
ISSN (online)2194-6698
ScopeGeneral Decision Sciences

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