How to format your references using the Mathematics and Computers in Simulation citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Mathematics and Computers in Simulation (MATCOM). 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
M.M. Davis, Immunology. Flexibility for specificity, Science 347(6220) (2015) 371–2.
A journal article with 2 authors
P. Aussillous,, D. Quéré, Liquid marbles, Nature 411(6840) (2001) 924–7.
A journal article with 3 authors
D. Dahal,, S. Liu,, J. Oeding, The carbon cycle and hurricanes in the United States between 1900 and 2011, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 5197.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
A.R. Hutko,, T. Lay,, E.J. Garnero,, J. Revenaugh, Seismic detection of folded, subducted lithosphere at the core-mantle boundary, Nature 441(7091) (2006) 333–6.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J. Ramirez, Handbook of Corporate Equity Derivatives and Equity Capital Markets, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., Chichester, West Sussex, UK, 2011.
An edited book
K.F. Freed, Phase Behaviour of Polymer Blends, Vol. 183, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2005.
A chapter in an edited book
D. Tessicini, Cornelius Gemma and the New Star of 1572, in: P. J. Boner (Ed.), Change and Continuity in Early Modern Cosmology, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2011, pp. 51–65.

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 Mathematics and Computers in Simulation.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Vitamin Pills Could Increase Cancer Risk. IFLScience. Available at: 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, Year 2000 Computing Challenge: Education Taking Needed Actions But Work Remains, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1999.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
S.A. Madapatha, Energy efficient hierarchical wireless routing protocol (EEHW routing protocol). Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 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
J.H. Davis,, K. Kelly, Scrutiny for Architects Of President’s Tax Plan, New York Times (2017) A18.

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 titleMathematics and Computers in Simulation
AbbreviationMath. Comput. Simul.
ISSN (print)0378-4754
ScopeGeneral Computer Science
Applied Mathematics
Modelling and Simulation
Numerical Analysis
Theoretical Computer Science

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