How to format your references using the ACM Transactions on Information and System Security citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for ACM Transactions on Information and System Security (TISSEC). 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
R. Dietmar Müller. 2011. Earth science: plate motion and mantle plumes. Nature 475, 7354 (July 2011), 40–41.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hanna Tuomisto and Kalle Ruokolainen. 2012. Comment on “Disentangling the drivers of β diversity along latitudinal and elevational gradients.” Science 335, 6076 (March 2012), 1573; author reply 1573.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sébastien Charnoz, Julien Salmon, and Aurélien Crida. 2010. The recent formation of Saturn’s moonlets from viscous spreading of the main rings. Nature 465, 7299 (June 2010), 752–754.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Ana Beloqui, María Eugenia Guazzaroni, Florencio Pazos, José M. Vieites, Marta Godoy, Olga V. Golyshina, Tatyana N. Chernikova, Agnes Waliczek, Rafael Silva-Rocha, Yamal Al-Ramahi, Violetta La Cono, Carmen Mendez, José A. Salas, Roberto Solano, Michail M. Yakimov, Kenneth N. Timmis, Peter N. Golyshin, and Manuel Ferrer. 2010. Retraction. Science 330, 6006 (November 2010), 912.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Harold Kerzner. 2015. Project Management 2.0. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Mourad Fakhfakh, Esteban Tlelo-Cuautle, and Patrick Siarry (Eds.). 2015. Computational Intelligence in Analog and Mixed-Signal (AMS) and Radio-Frequency (RF) Circuit Design. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Anna Urbanek. 2016. Transaction Costs in the IT Project Implementation Illustrated with the Example of Silesian Card of Public Services. In Challenge of Transport Telematics: 16th International Conference on Transport Systems Telematics, TST 2016, Katowice-Ustroń, Poland, March 16–19, 2016, Selected Papers, Jerzy Mikulski (ed.). Springer International Publishing, Cham, 35–46.

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 ACM Transactions on Information and System Security.

Blog post
Elise Andrew. 2016. Why You Should Never Put A Goldfish In A Park Pond … Or Down The Toilet. IFLScience.


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. 1996. Contracts Under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Daraunda Bryant. 2012. A good story changes everything. Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.

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
Ben Kenigsberg. 2017. Film Series. New York Times, C20.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [2].
This sentence cites two references [3,4].
This sentence cites four references [3,4,6,8].

About the journal

Full journal titleACM Transactions on Information and System Security
AbbreviationACM Trans. Inf. Syst. Secur.
ISSN (print)1094-9224
ISSN (online)1557-7406

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