How to format your references using the Advanced Engineering Informatics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Advanced Engineering Informatics. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
A.B. Murphy, Calculation and application of combined diffusion coefficients in thermal plasmas, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 4304.
A journal article with 2 authors
S. Venitt, D.H. Phillips, Philip D. Lawley (1927-2011), Nature. 482 (2012) 36.
A journal article with 3 authors
L. Zhang, C. Lu, K. Tieu, Atomistic simulation of tensile deformation behavior of ∑5 tilt grain boundaries in copper bicrystal, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 5919.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
L.C. Smith, Y. Sheng, G.M. MacDonald, L.D. Hinzman, Disappearing Arctic lakes, Science. 308 (2005) 1429.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
M.-Y. Leung, I.Y.S. Chan, C.L. Cooper, Stress Management in the Construction Industry, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2014.
An edited book
L.M. Camarinha-Matos, W. Picard, eds., Pervasive Collaborative Networks: IFIP TC 5 WG 5.5 Ninth Working Conference on VIRTUAL ENTERPRISES, September 8-10, 2008, Poznan, Poland, Springer US, Boston, MA, 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
M. Lujak, H. Billhardt, S. Ossowski, On Mobile Target Allocation with Incomplete Information in Defensive Environments, in: G. Jezic, M. Kusek, N.-T. Nguyen, R.J. Howlett, L.C. Jain (Eds.), Agent and Multi-Agent Systems. Technologies and Applications: 6th KES International Conference, KES-AMSTA 2012,Dubrovnik, Croatia, June 25-27, 2012. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012: pp. 4–13.

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 Advanced Engineering Informatics.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Your Body is Telling You Something – but How do You Know if it’s Cancer?, IFLScience. (2015). (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, Federal Motor Vehicles: Private and State Practices Can Improve Fleet Management, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1994.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
N. McCoy, Functionality Evaluation of the Wave Suppressor and Sediment Collection (WSSC) System: Wave Reduction, Sediment Collection, Mathematical Model, and Preliminary Field Evaluation, Doctoral dissertation, University of Louisiana, 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
P. Zahler, G. Schaller, Saving More Than Just Snow Leopards, New York Times. (2014) SR4.

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 titleAdvanced Engineering Informatics
AbbreviationAdv. Eng. Inform.
ISSN (print)1474-0346
ScopeArtificial Intelligence
Information Systems

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