How to format your references using the Parallel Computing citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Parallel Computing. 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
P.W. Sternberg, Developmental biology. A pattern of precision, Science. 303 (2004) 637–638.
A journal article with 2 authors
E. Younesi, M. Hofmann-Apitius, Biomarker-guided translation of brain imaging into disease pathway models, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 3375.
A journal article with 3 authors
K.B. Jeganathan, L. Malureanu, J.M. van Deursen, The Rae1-Nup98 complex prevents aneuploidy by inhibiting securin degradation, Nature. 438 (2005) 1036–1039.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
M.P. Bokoch, Y. Zou, S.G.F. Rasmussen, C.W. Liu, R. Nygaard, D.M. Rosenbaum, J.J. Fung, H.-J. Choi, F.S. Thian, T.S. Kobilka, J.D. Puglisi, W.I. Weis, L. Pardo, R.S. Prosser, L. Mueller, B.K. Kobilka, Ligand-specific regulation of the extracellular surface of a G-protein-coupled receptor, Nature. 463 (2010) 108–112.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J.M. Pines, C.R. Carpenter, A.S. Raja, J.D. Schuur, Evidence-Based Emergency Care, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2012.
An edited book
T.J. Cleophas, Machine Learning in Medicine - Cookbook Two, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
M.E. Lewis, L. Werdelin, Patterns of change in the Plio-Pleistocene carnivorans of eastern Africa, in: R. Bobe, Z. Alemseged, A.K. Behrensmeyer (Eds.), Hominin Environments in the East African Pliocene: An Assessment of the Faunal Evidence, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2007: pp. 77–105.

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 Parallel Computing.

Blog post
J. Davis, Owl-Inspired Tech Could Make Wind Turbines Quieter, IFLScience. (2015). (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, Information Technology: DOD’s Federal Logistics Data on Compact Disc Program, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1990.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
C.K. Sokolov, Teacher Engagement In Grades 4-8, Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine University, 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. Pilon, Skating’s New Scoring System Adds to Challenge for American Men, New York Times. (2014) SP11.

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 titleParallel Computing
AbbreviationParallel Comput.
ISSN (print)0167-8191
ScopeArtificial Intelligence
Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
Computer Networks and Communications
Hardware and Architecture
Theoretical Computer Science

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