How to format your references using the Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation. 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
B. Triplett, Astronomers fume over night light, Nature. 405 (2000) 987–988.
A journal article with 2 authors
I. Bozic, M.A. Nowak, Cancer. Unwanted evolution, Science. 342 (2013) 938–939.
A journal article with 3 authors
J.C. Finlay, G.E. Small, R.W. Sterner, Human influences on nitrogen removal in lakes, Science. 342 (2013) 247–250.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
W. Zhang, K. Wang, Y. Luo, Y. Fang, J. Yan, T. Zhang, X. Zhu, H. Chen, W. Wang, J. Mo, Methane uptake in forest soils along an urban-to-rural gradient in Pearl River Delta, South China, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 5120.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R. Gianni, Responsibility and Freedom, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2016.
An edited book
C.S. Hardin, The Mathematics of Coordinated Inference: A Study of Generalized Hat Problems, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
O. Feinerman, A. Korman, Memory Lower Bounds for Randomized Collaborative Search and Implications for Biology, in: M.K. Aguilera (Ed.), Distributed Computing: 26th International Symposium, DISC 2012, Salvador, Brazil, October 16-18, 2012. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012: pp. 61–75.

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 Visual Communication and Image Representation.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Electronic Glasses Allow Legally Blind Woman To See Her Baby For First Time, IFLScience. (2015). (accessed October 30, 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, Status, Progress, and Problems in Federal Agency Accounting 1969 Annual Report, 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
S.A. Boylan, An exploratory case study: U. S. Army’s leadership development for organizational leaders, Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix, 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
J.L. Kelly, Preserving Our Relevance, New York Times. (1972) SPORTS14.

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 Visual Communication and Image Representation
AbbreviationJ. Vis. Commun. Image Represent.
ISSN (print)1047-3203
ScopeComputer Vision and Pattern Recognition
Signal Processing
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Media Technology

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