How to format your references using the Peer-to-Peer Networking and Applications citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Peer-to-Peer Networking and Applications. 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
Habib S (2001) Quantum physics. No mere anarchy. Science 293:221–223
A journal article with 2 authors
Kriwacki RW, Yoon M-K (2011) Cell biology. Fishing in the nuclear pore. Science 333:44–45
A journal article with 3 authors
Yuan F, Depew R, Soltis-Muth C (2014) Ecosystem regime change inferred from the distribution of trace metals in Lake Erie sediments. Sci Rep 4:7265
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Humphrey D, Duggan C, Saha D, et al (2002) Active fluidization of polymer networks through molecular motors. Nature 416:413–416

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Blackford R (2012) Freedom of Religion and the Secular State. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK
An edited book
Croitoru M, Ferré S, Lukose D (2010) Conceptual Structures: From Information to Intelligence: 18th International Conference on Conceptual Structures, ICCS 2010, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, July 26-30, 2010. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Witelski T, Bowen M (2015) Self-Similar Scaling Solutions of Differential Equations. In: Bowen M (ed) Methods of Mathematical Modelling: Continuous Systems and Differential Equations. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 113–125

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 Peer-to-Peer Networking and Applications.

Blog post
Andrews R (2015) New AIDS Vaccine To Undergo Human Trials For First Time. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 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 (1993) B-2 Costs. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Eakman TL (2017) Education Level and Critical Thinking Skills Among Substance Use Counselors Nationwide: A Descriptive Comparative Study. Doctoral dissertation, Capella University

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
Gustines GG (2010) Hey, Archie! Want to Build An Empire? New York Times BU1

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 titlePeer-to-Peer Networking and Applications
AbbreviationPeer Peer Netw. Appl.
ISSN (print)1936-6442
ISSN (online)1936-6450
ScopeComputer Networks and Communications

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