How to format your references using the Mathematical Programming Computation citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Mathematical Programming Computation. 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
Gisin, N.: Physics. Quantum nonlocality: how does nature do it? Science. 326, 1357–1358 (2009)
A journal article with 2 authors
Klironomos, J.N., Hart, M.M.: Food-web dynamics. Animal nitrogen swap for plant carbon. Nature. 410, 651–652 (2001)
A journal article with 3 authors
Stern, P., Hines, P.J., Travis, J.: The aging brain. Introduction. Science. 346, 566–567 (2014)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Bai, Y., Wu, H., Wu, R., Zhang, Y., Deng, N., Yu, Z., Qian, H.: Study of multi-level characteristics for 3D vertical resistive switching memory. Sci. Rep. 4, 5780 (2014)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Carroll, J.M., Bowyer-Crane, C., Duff, F.J., Hulme, C., Snowling, M.J.: Developing Language and Literacy. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK (2011)
An edited book
Hirose, A., Ozawa, S., Doya, K., Ikeda, K., Lee, M., Liu, D. eds: Neural Information Processing: 23rd International Conference, ICONIP 2016, Kyoto, Japan, October 16–21, 2016, Proceedings, Part I. Springer International Publishing, Cham (2016)
A chapter in an edited book
Wayne, M.A., McCoy, A.M., Utarnachitt, R.B.: Emergency Medical Services and Atrial Fibrillation. In: Peacock, W.F. and Clark, C.L. (eds.) Short Stay Management of Atrial Fibrillation. pp. 43–49. Springer International Publishing, Cham (2016)

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 Mathematical Programming Computation.

Blog post
Luntz, S.: How Termites Came To Build The World’s Greatest “Skyscrapers”


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: Federal Communications Commission: Broadcast Services, Television Broadcast Stations, and TV Transmission Standards. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (1997)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Roediger, E.: Relaxation Skills Training for Elementary Aged Children, (2015)

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.: Where 146 Died in a Fire, And a Union Was Born, (2002)

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 titleMathematical Programming Computation
AbbreviationMath. Program. Comput.
ISSN (print)1867-2949
ISSN (online)1867-2957
Theoretical Computer Science

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