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
M.J. Moore, From birth to death: the complex lives of eukaryotic mRNAs, Science. 309 (2005) 1514–1518.
A journal article with 2 authors
J. Thursby, M. Thursby, Research and development. Where is the new science in corporate R&D?, Science. 314 (2006) 1547–1548.
A journal article with 3 authors
J.E. Strassmann, Y. Zhu, D.C. Queller, Altruism and social cheating in the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum, Nature. 408 (2000) 965–967.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
J. Ginsberg, M.H. Mohebbi, R.S. Patel, L. Brammer, M.S. Smolinski, L. Brilliant, Detecting influenza epidemics using search engine query data, Nature. 457 (2009) 1012–1014.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
M. Le Menn, Instrumentation and Metrology in Oceanography, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2012.
An edited book
G. Li, S.P. Baker, eds., Injury Research: Theories, Methods, and Approaches, Springer US, Boston, MA, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
K. Ito, T. Kochiyama, Does Comprehensive Income Influence Dividends? Empirical Evidence from Japan, in: K. Ito, M. Nakano (Eds.), International Perspectives on Accounting and Corporate Behavior, Springer Japan, Tokyo, 2014: pp. 107–125.

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
E. Andrew, Newly Discovered Fossils Hint That All Dinosaurs May Have Had Feathers, IFLScience. (2014). (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, Recovery Act: States’ Use of Highway Infrastructure Funds and Compliance with the Act’s Requirements, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2009.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
D. Greenfield, Beyond Super Heroes and Talking Animals: Social Justice in Graphic Novels in Education, 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
S. Lear, Mirror, Mirror, New York Times. (2010) BR17.

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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