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
L. Kump, Ocean science. Ironing out biosphere oxidation, Science 307(5712) (2005) 1058–9.
A journal article with 2 authors
V.R. Pattabiraman,, J.W. Bode, Rethinking amide bond synthesis, Nature 480(7378) (2011) 471–9.
A journal article with 3 authors
R.D. Cortright,, R.R. Davda,, J.A. Dumesic, Hydrogen from catalytic reforming of biomass-derived hydrocarbons in liquid water, Nature 418(6901) (2002) 964–7.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
K.A. Henzler-Wildman,, M. Lei,, V. Thai,, S.J. Kerns,, M. Karplus,, D. Kern, A hierarchy of timescales in protein dynamics is linked to enzyme catalysis, Nature 450(7171) (2007) 913–6.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R.G. Griskey, Transport Phenomena and Unit Operations, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2005.
An edited book
M.A. Hayat, Tumors of the Central Nervous System, Volume 4: Brain Tumors (Part 2), Vol. 4, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
Z. Molnár,, G. López-Bendito,, D. Blakey,, A. Thompson,, S. Higashi, The Earliest Thalamocortical Interactions, in: R. Erzurumlu, W. Guido, Z. Molnár (Eds.), Development and Plasticity in Sensory Thalamus and Cortex, Springer US, Boston, MA, 2006, pp. 54–78.

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
D. Andrew, 10 Bizarre Illnesses That Science Has Yet To Explain. 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, Student Achievement: Schools Use Multiple Strategies to Help Students Meet Academic Standards, Especially Schools with Higher Proportions of Low-Income and Minority Students, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2009.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
M.T. Valley, Deciphering the function of granule cell interneurons in the mouse main olfactory bulb: Insights from adult neurogenesis and local-field potentials. Doctoral dissertation, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2010.

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
M. Pilon, At the End, the Telltale Runners’ Bags, New York Times (2013) D6.

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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