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
M.S. Turner, Yoichiro Nambu (1921-2015), Nature. 524 (2015) 416.
A journal article with 2 authors
A. Haldar, V.B. Shenoy, Cooling a band insulator with a metal: fermionic superfluid in a dimerized holographic lattice, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 6655.
A journal article with 3 authors
V. Thammavongsa, D.M. Missiakas, O. Schneewind, Staphylococcus aureus degrades neutrophil extracellular traps to promote immune cell death, Science. 342 (2013) 863–866.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
H. Cui, M.P. Levesque, T. Vernoux, J.W. Jung, A.J. Paquette, K.L. Gallagher, J.Y. Wang, I. Blilou, B. Scheres, P.N. Benfey, An evolutionarily conserved mechanism delimiting SHR movement defines a single layer of endodermis in plants, Science. 316 (2007) 421–425.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
L.-J. Eales, Immunology for Life Scientists, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2005.
An edited book
R. Ghodssi, P. Lin, eds., MEMS Materials and Processes Handbook, Springer US, Boston, MA, 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
A. Boccaccio, R. Brunelli, L. Lamberti, M. Papi, T. Parasassi, M. De Spirito, C. Pappalettere, A Preliminary Investigation on the Mechanical Behavior of Umbilical Cord With Moiré Techniques, in: H. Jin, C. Sciammarella, S. Yoshida, L. Lamberti (Eds.), Advancement of Optical Methods in Experimental Mechanics, Volume 3: Proceedings of the 2014 Annual Conference on Experimental and Applied Mechanics, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015: pp. 47–52.

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
E. Andrew, Study Indicates Pregnancy Stress Can Affect Four Generations, IFLScience. (2014).


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, Highway Financing: Participating States Benefit Under Toll Facilities Pilot 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
K.D. Waldron, The Influence of Leadership Emotional Intelligence on Employee Engagement, 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. Wines, 3 Lawsuits Filed Against White House Panel on Voter Fraud, New York Times. (2017) A16.

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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