How to format your references using the Swarm and Evolutionary Computation citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Swarm and Evolutionary Computation. 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
P. Smaglik, Ghosts in the machine, Nature. 427 (2004) 867.
A journal article with 2 authors
A.R. Buskirk, R. Green, Biochemistry. Getting past polyproline pauses, Science. 339 (2013) 38–39.
A journal article with 3 authors
J.P. Davies, F.W. Chen, Y.A. Ioannou, Transmembrane molecular pump activity of Niemann-Pick C1 protein, Science. 290 (2000) 2295–2298.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
S. Hakeda-Suzuki, J. Ng, J. Tzu, G. Dietzl, Y. Sun, M. Harms, T. Nardine, L. Luo, B.J. Dickson, Rac function and regulation during Drosophila development, Nature. 416 (2002) 438–442.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J.J. Phillips, W. Brantley, P.P. Phillips, Project Management ROI, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2011.
An edited book
G. Minati, Collective Beings, Springer US, Boston, MA, 2007.
A chapter in an edited book
D. Zilberman, T.W. Sproul, S. Sexton, D. Roland-Holst, The Economics of Zoonotic Diseases: An Application to Avian Flu, in: D. Zilberman, J. Otte, D. Roland-Holst, D. Pfeiffer (Eds.), Health and Animal Agriculture in Developing Countries, Springer, New York, NY, 2012: pp. 59–76.

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 Swarm and Evolutionary Computation.

Blog post
D. Andrew, Lost In Translation: Five Common English Phrases You May Be Using Incorrectly, IFLScience. (2016).


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, Airport Safety Inspection Program Needed To Improve Flight Safety of Civil Aircraft, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1971.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
M. Escalante-Guerra, Policy analysis proposal regarding the Adoptions and Safe Family Act of 1997, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2009.

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
J. Creswell, M.J. de la MERCED, Activist Investor Seeks Seat at Procter & Gamble, New York Times. (2017) B1.

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 titleSwarm and Evolutionary Computation
AbbreviationSwarm Evol. Comput.
ISSN (print)2210-6502
ScopeGeneral Computer Science
General Mathematics

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