How to format your references using the Knowledge-Based Systems citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Knowledge-Based Systems. 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
J.J.G. Tesmer, Pharmacology. Hitting the hot spots of cell signaling cascades, Science. 312 (2006) 377–378.
A journal article with 2 authors
R.E. Grumbine, J. Xu, Environment and development. Mekong hydropower development, Science. 332 (2011) 178–179.
A journal article with 3 authors
C.C. Dharmawardhana, A. Misra, W.-Y. Ching, Quantum mechanical metric for internal cohesion in cement crystals, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 7332.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
F. Martinon, V. Pétrilli, A. Mayor, A. Tardivel, J. Tschopp, Gout-associated uric acid crystals activate the NALP3 inflammasome, Nature. 440 (2006) 237–241.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
S. Tardu, Transport and Coherent Structures in Wall Turbulence, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2014.
An edited book
S. Kellomäki, A. Kilpeläinen, A. Alam, eds., Forest BioEnergy Production: Management, Carbon sequestration and Adaptation, Springer, New York, NY, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
L. Wang, K. Wu, M. Hamdi, Applications to Classic Problems, in: K. Wu, M. Hamdi (Eds.), Attachment Transmission in Wireless Networks, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2014: pp. 29–57.

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 Knowledge-Based Systems.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Antidepressant Trial’s Upended Results Show Need For Sharing All Data, IFLScience. (2015).


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, Telecommunications: GSA’s Difficulties Managing FTS 2000, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1991.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
B. Stanton, On location: Race and family in the poetry of Sonia Sanchez, June Jordan, and Cathy Song, Doctoral dissertation, Indiana University, 2009.

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
K. Kelly, Investing in the Pain of Student Debt Is a Tough but Tempting Play, New York Times. (2017) B1.

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 titleKnowledge-Based Systems
AbbreviationKnowl. Based Syst.
ISSN (print)0950-7051
ScopeManagement Information Systems
Artificial Intelligence
Information Systems and Management

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