How to format your references using the Mathematics in Computer Science citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Mathematics in Computer Science. 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
Ray, L.B.: Single-cell biology. Cells go solo. Introduction. Science. 342, 1187 (2013)
A journal article with 2 authors
Mukhopadhyay, S., Linstedt, A.D.: Manganese blocks intracellular trafficking of Shiga toxin and protects against Shiga toxicosis. Science. 335, 332–335 (2012)
A journal article with 3 authors
Kaminski, J., Call, J., Fischer, J.: Word learning in a domestic dog: evidence for “fast mapping.” Science. 304, 1682–1683 (2004)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Kimata, S., Sakurai, T., Nozue, Y., Kasahara, T., Yamaguchi, N., Karino, T., Shibayama, M., Kornfield, J.A.: Molecular basis of the shish-kebab morphology in polymer crystallization. Science. 316, 1014–1017 (2007)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Jank, W., Shmueli, G.: Modeling Online Auctions. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ (2010)
An edited book
Lajiness, M., Quallich, S. eds: The Nurse Practitioner in Urology. Springer International Publishing, Cham (2016)
A chapter in an edited book
Manu, V., Akhil, G., Abhinav, V., Shakti, M., D.s., K.: On Demand Logical Resource Replication Scheme as a Service. In: Das, V.V. and Stephen, J. (eds.) Advances in Communication, Network, and Computing: Third International Conference, CNC 2012, Chennai, India, February 24-25, 2012, Revised Selected Papers. pp. 31–36. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (2012)

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 in Computer Science.

Blog post
Davis, J.: Dakota Access Pipeline Has Been Leaking Oil, And It’s Not Even Operational Yet


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: P.L. 480 Title I Transportation Issues. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (1989)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Joppy, D.A.: Principal Socialization in One Virginia School District: A Phenomenological Investigation, (2013)

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
Barnard, A.: Wary of Russian Guarantees, Residents Are Staying Put in Aleppo, (2016)

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 in Computer Science
AbbreviationMath. Comput. Sci.
ISSN (print)1661-8270
ISSN (online)1661-8289
ScopeComputational Theory and Mathematics
Applied Mathematics
Computational Mathematics

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