How to format your references using the Web Semantics: Science, Services and Agents on the World Wide Web citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Web Semantics: Science, Services and Agents on the World Wide Web. 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. Bagla, INDIA: Disease Data Stolen in Lab Break-In, Science. 290 (2000) 1668b–9b.
A journal article with 2 authors
D.G. Gibson, J.C. Venter, Synthetic biology: Construction of a yeast chromosome, Nature. 509 (2014) 168–169.
A journal article with 3 authors
H. Wake, P.R. Lee, R.D. Fields, Control of local protein synthesis and initial events in myelination by action potentials, Science. 333 (2011) 1647–1651.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
H.A. Burbano, E. Hodges, R.E. Green, A.W. Briggs, J. Krause, M. Meyer, J.M. Good, T. Maricic, P.L.F. Johnson, Z. Xuan, M. Rooks, A. Bhattacharjee, L. Brizuela, F.W. Albert, M. de la Rasilla, J. Fortea, A. Rosas, M. Lachmann, G.J. Hannon, S. Pääbo, Targeted investigation of the Neandertal genome by array-based sequence capture, Science. 328 (2010) 723–725.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
A. DeMaris, Regression with Social Data: Modeling Continuous and Limited Response Variables, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2004.
An edited book
J.-F. Ganghoffer, F. Pastrone, eds., Mechanics of Microstructured Solids 2: Cellular Materials, Fibre Reinforced Solids and Soft Tissues, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
H. Meyr, Customer segmentation, allocation planning and order promising in make-to-stock production, in: H. Meyr, H.-O. Günther (Eds.), Supply Chain Planning: Quantitative Decision Support and Advanced Planning Solutions, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2009: pp. 1–28.

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 Web Semantics: Science, Services and Agents on the World Wide Web.

Blog post
S. Luntz, Candidate for Closest Exoplanet Reported, IFLScience. (2014). (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, Evaluation of Unit Cost Reports Submitted Under Public Law 97-86, Section 917, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1982.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
V.J. Ward, A study of the perceptions of first-year teachers as prepared classroom teachers, Doctoral dissertation, Lindenwood University, 2015.

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
B. Hubbard, How Did Yoda End Up With a King?, New York Times. (2017) A12.

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 titleWeb Semantics: Science, Services and Agents on the World Wide Web
AbbreviationWeb Semant.
ISSN (print)1570-8268
ScopeComputer Networks and Communications
Human-Computer Interaction

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