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
I. Fine, Sensory systems: Do you hear what I see?, Nature 508(7497) (2014) 461–2.
A journal article with 2 authors
F.-J. Müller,, A. Schuppert, Few inputs can reprogram biological networks, Nature 478(7369) (2011) E4; discussion E4-5.
A journal article with 3 authors
D. Okada,, F. Ozawa,, K. Inokuchi, Input-specific spine entry of soma-derived Vesl-1S protein conforms to synaptic tagging, Science 324(5929) (2009) 904–9.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
T. Choi,, S. Lee,, Y.J. Choi,, V. Kiryukhin,, S.-W. Cheong, Switchable ferroelectric diode and photovoltaic effect in BiFeO3, Science 324(5923) (2009) 63–6.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
A.B. Wolbarst,, P. Capasso,, A.R. Wyant, Medical Imaging, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2013.
An edited book
T. Kuflik,, S. Berkovsky,, F. Carmagnola,, D. Heckmann,, A. Krüger, Advances in Ubiquitous User Modelling: Revised Selected Papers, Vol. 5830, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
F. Hogenboom,, V. Milea,, F. Frasincar,, U. Kaymak, RDF-GL: A SPARQL-Based Graphical Query Language for RDF, in: R. Chbeir, Y. Badr, A. Abraham, A.-E. Hassanien (Eds.), Emergent Web Intelligence: Advanced Information Retrieval, Springer, London, 2010, pp. 87–116.

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, Early Humans Had To Become More Feminine Before They Could Dominate The Planet. 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, FAA Budget Policies and Practices, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2004.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
K.J. McKinley, Exploring the efficiency and effectiveness of teacher selection tools: The effects on the total group with a focus on the experience sub-groups. Doctoral dissertation, Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO, 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
S. Hollander, Friends and Family Run for 9/11 Victims, New York Times (2002) 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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