How to format your references using the Linear Algebra and Its Applications citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Linear Algebra and Its Applications. 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
R. Koenig, ACADEMIC FREEDOM: Political Scientist Becomes Cause Celebre, Science. 289 (2000) 846b–7b.
A journal article with 2 authors
A. Bernstein, J. Rossant, Anthony James Pawson (1952-2013), Nature. 501 (2013) 168.
A journal article with 3 authors
M.F. Whiting, S. Bradler, T. Maxwell, Loss and recovery of wings in stick insects, Nature. 421 (2003) 264–267.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
A.L. Fairhall, G.D. Lewen, W. Bialek, R.R. de Ruyter Van Steveninck, Efficiency and ambiguity in an adaptive neural code, Nature. 412 (2001) 787–792.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
S.D. Promislow, Fundamentals of Actuarial Mathematics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2010.
An edited book
S.S.M. Chow, J. Camenisch, L.C.K. Hui, S.M. Yiu, eds., Information Security: 17th International Conference, ISC 2014, Hong Kong, China, October 12-14, 2014. Proceedings, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
Y. Li, Q. Li, Photoresponsive Chiral Liquid Crystal Materials: From 1D Helical Superstructures to 3D Periodic Cubic Lattices and Beyond, in: Q. Li (Ed.), Nanoscience with Liquid Crystals: From Self-Organized Nanostructures to Applications, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2014: pp. 135–177.

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 Linear Algebra and Its Applications.

Blog post
S. Luntz, Rosetta Witnesses The Origins of Meteors, 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, Better Use of Information Technology Can Reduce the Burden of Federal Paperwork, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1983.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
S.P. Jategaonkar, Two essays on stock repurchases and insider trading, Doctoral dissertation, University of Arizona, 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
T.S. Bernard, S. Cowley, Equifax Is Facing Harsh Scrutiny. If Only It Had Come a Bit Sooner, New York Times. (2017) A1.

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 titleLinear Algebra and Its Applications
AbbreviationLinear Algebra Appl.
ISSN (print)0024-3795
ScopeAlgebra and Number Theory
Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics
Geometry and Topology
Numerical Analysis

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