How to format your references using the Science of Computer Programming citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Science of Computer Programming. 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
N. Stafford, Angling saxons, Nature. 441 (2006) 931.
A journal article with 2 authors
R.W. Kriwacki, M.-K. Yoon, Cell biology. Fishing in the nuclear pore, Science. 333 (2011) 44–45.
A journal article with 3 authors
J. Hawks, D.J. de Ruiter, L.R. Berger, PALEOANTHROPOLOGY. Comment on “Early Homo at 2.8 Ma from Ledi-Geraru, Afar, Ethiopia,” Science. 348 (2015) 1326.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
R.B. Jackson, J.L. Banner, E.G. Jobbágy, W.T. Pockman, D.H. Wall, Ecosystem carbon loss with woody plant invasion of grasslands, Nature. 418 (2002) 623–626.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
K. Sattler, Thermische Trennverfahren, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG, 2005.
An edited book
D. Plemenos, G. Miaoulis, eds., Artificial Intelligence Techniques for Computer Graphics, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
J.J. Trobaugh, M. Lowe, When Things Go Wrong, in: M. Lowe (Ed.), Winning LEGO MINDSTORMS Programming, Apress, Berkeley, CA, 2012: pp. 43–55.

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 Science of Computer Programming.

Blog post
D. Andrew, Could Dragons On Westeros Fly? Aeronautical Engineering And Maths Say They Could, 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, Public Transportation: Survey of Project Sponsors on Their Transit Projects and Experience with the Federal Transit Administration’s New Starts and Small Starts Programs (GAO-07-927SP, July 2007), an E-supplement to GAO-07-917, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2007.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Y.-Y.L. Chiu, Multicultural educational policies: A correlational investigation of cultural competencies and feelings of inclusion, 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
N. MacFARQUHAR, Closed Before It Opens, New York Times. (2017) C1.

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 titleScience of Computer Programming
AbbreviationSci. Comput. Program.
ISSN (print)0167-6423

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