How to format your references using the Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems. 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
K.K. Turekian, Obituary: Harmon Craig (1926-2003), Nature. 423 (2003) 701.
A journal article with 2 authors
R. Ueshima, T. Asami, Evolution: single-gene speciation by left-right reversal, Nature. 425 (2003) 679.
A journal article with 3 authors
E. Bard, B. Hamelin, D. Delanghe-Sabatier, Deglacial meltwater pulse 1B and Younger Dryas sea levels revisited with boreholes at Tahiti, Science. 327 (2010) 1235–1237.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
A. Ourjoumtsev, H. Jeong, R. Tualle-Brouri, P. Grangier, Generation of optical “Schrödinger cats” from photon number states, Nature. 448 (2007) 784–786.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
G.H.N. Laursen, J. Thorlund, Business Analytics for Managers, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2016.
An edited book
J. Lü, X. Yu, G. Chen, W. Yu, eds., Complex Systems and Networks: Dynamics, Controls and Applications, 1st ed. 2016, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
M. Inaba, T. Iida, T. Yamasaki, K. Fume, Y. Mizoguchi, S. Nagano, T. Kawamura, Pattern-Based Semantic Tagging for Ontology Population, in: R. Kowalczyk, M. Huhns, M. Klusch, Z. Maamar, Q.B. Vo (Eds.), Service-Oriented Computing: Agents, Semantics, and Engineering: AAMAS 2008 International Workshop, SOCASE 2008, Estoril, Portugal, May 12, 2008 Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2008: pp. 45–55.

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 Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Female Anaconda At Safari Park Has “Virgin Birth,” IFLScience. (2014).


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, Findings on Current AFDC Work Programs and Implications for Pending Legislation, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1987.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
C.F. Crozier, A qualitative study of teacher job satisfaction in an evolutionary and mandated change environment, Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix, 2012.

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
J. Ortved, In Brooklyn, a Hunt For the Perfect Fit, New York Times. (2017) D3.

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 titleNonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems
AbbreviationNonlinear Anal. Hybrid Syst.
ISSN (print)1751-570X
ScopeComputer Science Applications
Control and Systems Engineering

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