How to format your references using the Pervasive and Mobile Computing citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Pervasive and Mobile 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
B.S. Blumberg, Obituary: Joshua Lederberg (1925-2008), Nature. 452 (2008) 422.
A journal article with 2 authors
H. Steltzer, E. Post, Ecology. Seasons and life cycles, Science. 324 (2009) 886–887.
A journal article with 3 authors
S. Ilonidis, J. Zhao, A. Kosovichev, Detection of emerging sunspot regions in the solar interior, Science. 333 (2011) 993–996.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
A.T. Whittington, O. Vugrek, K.J. Wei, N.G. Hasenbein, K. Sugimoto, M.C. Rashbrooke, G.O. Wasteneys, MOR1 is essential for organizing cortical microtubules in plants, Nature. 411 (2001) 610–613.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
D. Roy, G.V. Rao, Elements of Structural Dynamics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2012.
An edited book
M.T. Tatto, ed., Learning and Doing Policy Analysis in Education: Examining Diverse Approaches to Increasing Educational Access, SensePublishers, Rotterdam, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
A. Lewko, B. Waters, Why Proving HIBE Systems Secure Is Difficult, in: P.Q. Nguyen, E. Oswald (Eds.), Advances in Cryptology – EUROCRYPT 2014: 33rd Annual International Conference on the Theory and Applications of Cryptographic Techniques, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 11-15, 2014. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2014: pp. 58–76.

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 Pervasive and Mobile Computing.

Blog post
B. Taub, Patients Struggle To Read Words When Part Of Their Brain Is Shut Down, IFLScience. (2016). (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, Urban Transportation: Metropolitan Planning Organizations’ Efforts to Meet Federal Planning Requirements, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1996.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
J.T. Howard, Transracial adoption psychoeducational services for potential adoptive parents: A grant proposal, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2010.

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 With a Smile, No Matter What, New York Times. (2014) B11.

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 titlePervasive and Mobile Computing
AbbreviationPervasive Mob. Comput.
ISSN (print)1574-1192
ScopeComputer Science (miscellaneous)
Applied Mathematics

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