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
C. Smith, Genomics: getting down to details, Nature 435(7044) (2005) 991–4.
A journal article with 2 authors
J. Abramson,, A.S. Vartanian, Biochemistry. Watch water flow, Science 340(6138) (2013) 1294–5.
A journal article with 3 authors
L. Xu,, X.-Q. Li,, Q.-F. Sun, Revisit the spin-FET: multiple reflection, inelastic scattering, and lateral size effects, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 7527.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Y. Shi,, Y. Wang,, J.I. Wong,, A.Y.S. Tan,, C.-L. Hsu,, L.-J. Li,, Y.-C. Lu,, H.Y. Yang, Self-assembly of hierarchical MoSx/CNT nanocomposites (2<x<3): towards high performance anode materials for lithium ion batteries, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 2169.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
C.A. Bishop, Roll-to-Roll Vacuum Deposition of Barrier Coatings, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2015.
An edited book
R.T. Mittermeir, Informatics Education – The Bridge between Using and Understanding Computers: International Conference in Informatics in Secondary Schools – Evolution and Perspectives, ISSEP 2006, Vilnius, Lithuania, November 7-11, 2006. Proceedings, Vol. 4226, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2006.
A chapter in an edited book
P. Kutnick,, P. Blatchford, SPRinG at Key Stage 1: Effective Group Work with Young Children, in: P. Blatchford (Ed.), Effective Group Work in Primary School Classrooms: The SPRinG Approach, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2014, pp. 81–101.

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
T. Hale, Ex-NASA Engineer Joins Uber To Develop Flying Car. 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, NOAA Fleet: Responses to Post-Hearing Questions, 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.S. Garishe, Protocol for file sharing in mobile ad hoc networks. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 2017.

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. Khodarkovsky, Russia’s age-old identity question, New York Times (2017) 0.

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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