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
G.J.V. Nossal, Mentors and manipulation, Nature. 429 (2004) 811.
A journal article with 2 authors
H.S.C. O’Neill, F.E. Jenner, The global pattern of trace-element distributions in ocean floor basalts, Nature. 491 (2012) 698–704.
A journal article with 3 authors
E.M. Dunham, P. Favreau, J.M. Carlson, A supershear transition mechanism for cracks, Science. 299 (2003) 1557–1559.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
T. Liu, A.J. DeCostanzo, X. Liu, Wang Hy, S. Hallagan, R.T. Moon, C.C. Malbon, G protein signaling from activated rat frizzled-1 to the beta-catenin-Lef-Tcf pathway, Science. 292 (2001) 1718–1722.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
E. Liu, S. Noppe-Brandon, Imagination First, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA, USA, 2011.
An edited book
M.S. Rao, ed., Neural Development and Stem Cells, Second Edition, Humana Press, Totowa, NJ, 2006.
A chapter in an edited book
B. Bailey, Choosing a Teaching University: A Change in Identity?, in: K.C. Wieseman, M.H. Weinburgh (Eds.), Women’s Experiences in Leadership in K-16 Science Education Communities: Becoming and Being, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2009: pp. 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 Advanced Engineering Informatics.

Blog post
E. Andrew, There Was A Decline Of Male Diversity When Humans Took To Agriculture, 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 Research: Assessment of the Financial Audit for SEMATECH’s Activities in 1992, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1993.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
J.B. Pettengill, Elucidating the macro- and micro-evolutionary relationships of the federally listed endangered species Agalinis acuta (Orobanchaceae), Doctoral dissertation, University of Maryland, College Park, 2010.

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
J. Hodgman, Bonus Advice From Judge John Hodgman, New York Times. (2016) MM20.

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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