How to cite Matlab

Field: Computational software

Matlab is a numerical computing environment and proprietary programming language developed by MathWorks.

More informations about Matlab can be found at: this address.

This article is about how to cite Matlab, computational software by MathWorks Inc. If you need to cite a Matlab Toolbox, see page for the particular toolbox, for example Matlab Symbolic Toolbox.

Specific Matlab version

The preferred option of how to cite Matlab is to cite documentation of the given version you are using. The used version of Matlab can be found with the command version called directly in Matlab. Example for version 2010a follows:

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@book{MATLAB:2010,
year = {2010},
author = {MATLAB},
title = {version 7.10.0 (R2010a)},
publisher = {The MathWorks Inc.},
address = {Natick, Massachusetts}
}

In the same way you can cite any other version of Matlab, for example version 2018b:

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@book{MATLAB:2018,
year = {2018},
author = {MATLAB},
title = {9.7.0.1190202 (R2019b)},
publisher = {The MathWorks Inc.},
address = {Natick, Massachusetts}
}

Other options

In specific cases, citing a popular book or textbook about Matlab could be better approach. It really depends on the context and target audience of you paper. Example follows

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@book{higham2016matlab,
  title={MATLAB guide},
  author={Higham, Desmond J and Higham, Nicholas J},
  volume={150},
  year={2016},
  publisher={Siam}
}

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