How to format your references using the The Visual Computer citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for The Visual Computer. 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
Bar-Peled, L.: Science & SciLifeLab Prize Essay. Size does matter. Science. 346, 1191–1192 (2014)
A journal article with 2 authors
Wyatt, M.B., McSween, H.Y., Jr: Spectral evidence for weathered basalt as an alternative to andesite in the northern lowlands of Mars. Nature. 417, 263–266 (2002)
A journal article with 3 authors
Larson, K.M., Bodin, P., Gomberg, J.: Using 1-Hz GPS data to measure deformations caused by the Denali fault earthquake. Science. 300, 1421–1424 (2003)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Kopp, A., Duncan, I., Godt, D., Carroll, S.B.: Genetic control and evolution of sexually dimorphic characters in Drosophila. Nature. 408, 553–559 (2000)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Phillips, J.J., Phillips, P., Pulliam, A.: Measuring ROI in Environment, Health, and Safety. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ (2014)
An edited book
Chio, C.D., Cagnoni, S., Cotta, C., Ebner, M., Ekárt, A., Esparcia-Alcázar, A.I., Merelo, J.J., Neri, F., Preuss, M., Richter, H., Togelius, J., Yannakakis, G.N. eds: Applications of Evolutionary Computation: EvoApplications 2011: EvoCOMPLEX, EvoGAMES, EvoIASP, EvoINTELLIGENCE, EvoNUM, and EvoSTOC, Torino, Italy, April 27-29, 2011, Proceedings, Part I. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (2011)
A chapter in an edited book
Sun, L., Saqi, R., Xie, H.: Research on the Fouling Prediction of Heat Exchanger Based on Wavelet Relevance Vector Machine. In: Zeng, Z. and Wang, J. (eds.) Advances in Neural Network Research and Applications. pp. 37–45. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (2010)

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 The Visual Computer.

Blog post
Andrew, E.: Only One Person In History Has Ever Been Cured Of HIV. How Did It Happen?


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: FCC Needs To Monitor a Changing International Telecommunications Market. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (1983)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Byrd, M.L.: Investigating an Afterschool Program for Black Teenage Males Designed to Increase Self-Efficacy, (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
Otis, J.: Building on Twin Strands of Music and Compassion, (2017)

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 titleThe Visual Computer
AbbreviationVis. Comput.
ISSN (print)0178-2789
ISSN (online)1432-2315
ScopeComputer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition

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