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
Wilsdon, J.: We need a measured approach to metrics. Nature. 523, 129 (2015)
A journal article with 2 authors
Helffrich, G., Kaneshima, S.: Outer-core compositional stratification from observed core wave speed profiles. Nature. 468, 807–810 (2010)
A journal article with 3 authors
Cosgaya, J.M., Chan, J.R., Shooter, E.M.: The neurotrophin receptor p75NTR as a positive modulator of myelination. Science. 298, 1245–1248 (2002)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
He, Y., Hou, L., Wang, H., Hu, K., McConkey, B.: A modelling approach to evaluate the long-term effect of soil texture on spring wheat productivity under a rain-fed condition. Sci. Rep. 4, 5736 (2014)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Källén, A.: Understanding Biostatistics. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK (2011)
An edited book
Ruan, J., Leung, C.B. eds: Perspectives on Teaching and Learning English Literacy in China. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht (2012)
A chapter in an edited book
Weyandt, L.L., DuPaul, G.J.: Psychosocial Treatment and Educational Interventions. In: DuPaul, G.J. (ed.) College Students with ADHD: Current Issues and Future Directions. pp. 61–74. Springer, New York, NY (2013)

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
Carpineti, A.: Astronomers Have Seen The Farthest Blazars 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: Multiple Protests Against Contract Award. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (1972)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Tegtmeier, T.: Science-related attitudes of urban middle school students, (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
Williams, J.: The Inexhaustible Four, (2017)

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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