How to format your references using the Annual Reviews in Control citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Annual Reviews in Control. 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
Goto, H. (2014). Step-by-step magic state encoding for efficient fault-tolerant quantum computation. Scientific Reports, 4, 7501.
A journal article with 2 authors
Landskron, K., & Ozin, G. A. (2004). Periodic mesoporous dendrisilicas. Science (New York, N.Y.), 306(5701), 1529–1532.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bhandary, S., Eriksson, O., & Sanyal, B. (2013). Defect controlled magnetism in FeP/graphene/Ni(111). Scientific Reports, 3, 3405.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Gedik, N., Orenstein, J., Liang, R., Bonn, D. A., & Hardy, W. N. (2003). Diffusion of nonequilibrium quasi-particles in a cuprate superconductor. Science (New York, N.Y.), 300(5624), 1410–1412.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Williams, D. L. (2012). Ophthalmology of Exotic Pets. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Kahraman, C. (Ed.). (2008). Fuzzy Engineering Economics with Applications (Vol. 233). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Greene, A. K. (2015). Epidemiology and Morbidity of Lymphedema. In A. K. Greene, S. A. Slavin, & H. Brorson (Eds.), Lymphedema: Presentation, Diagnosis, and Treatment (pp. 33–44). Springer International Publishing.

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 Annual Reviews in Control.

Blog post
Hale, T. (2015, November 13). 20 Useful Lifehacks Every Pet Owner Should Know. IFLScience; 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. (1991). ADP Procurement: DOD’s Approach to Providing Logistics Data on Compact Disk Is Justified (IMTEC-91-74). U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Baciu, A. B. (2010). Biopolitics and the influenza pandemics of 1918 and 2009 in the United States: Power, immunity, and the law [Doctoral dissertation]. George Washington University.

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
Schwirtz, M. (2017, May 26). New York City Jails Take Another Blow: Respected Official Is Stepping Down. New York Times, A19.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Goto, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Goto, 2014; Landskron & Ozin, 2004).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Landskron & Ozin, 2004)
  • Three authors: (Bhandary et al., 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Gedik et al., 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleAnnual Reviews in Control
AbbreviationAnnu. Rev. Control
ISSN (print)1367-5788
Control and Systems Engineering

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