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
Albarede, F. (2008). A geochemist wonders about the Solar System’s true age. Nature, 454(7206), 807.
A journal article with 2 authors
Blackstock, J. J., & Long, J. C. S. (2010). Climate change. The politics of geoengineering. Science (New York, N.Y.), 327(5965), 527.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hu, S., Shima, T., & Hou, Z. (2014). Carbon-carbon bond cleavage and rearrangement of benzene by a trinuclear titanium hydride. Nature, 512(7515), 413–415.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Kim, Y.-S., Cho, Y.-G., Odkhuu, D., Park, N., & Song, H.-K. (2013). A physical organogel electrolyte: characterized by in situ thermo-irreversible gelation and single-ion-predominent conduction. Scientific Reports, 3, 1917.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Parke, R. D. (2013). Future Families. John Wiley & Sons.
An edited book
Scuderi, G. R., & Tria, A. J. (Eds.). (2006). Knee Arthroplasty Handbook: Techniques in Total Knee and Revision Arthroplasty. Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Arroyo, F., Castellanos, J., & Mitrana, V. (2012). Uniform Distributed Pushdown Automata Systems. In M. Kutrib, N. Moreira, & R. Reis (Eds.), Descriptional Complexity of Formal Systems: 14th International Workshop, DCFS 2012, Braga, Portugal, July 23-25, 2012. Proceedings (pp. 64–75). Springer.

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
Andrew, E. (2015, September 1). Scientists Discover Enormous Sea Scorpion. 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. (1997). Commercial Trucking: Safety Concerns About Mexican Trucks Remain Even as Inspection Activity Increases (RCED-97-68). 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
Cebada-Ricalde, M. C. (2014). Synthesis and characterization of PANI-coated VGCNFs and evaluation of its use for corrosion inhibition [Doctoral dissertation]. Mississippi State 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
Gurley, G. (2015, December 6). A Gift for Cutting Tresses and Gaining Trust. New York Times, ST8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Albarede, 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Albarede, 2008; Blackstock & Long, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Blackstock & Long, 2010)
  • Three authors: (Hu et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Kim et al., 2013)

About the journal

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

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