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
Amaratunga, G. A. J. (2002). Applied physics. A dawn for carbon electronics? Science (New York, N.Y.), 297(5587), 1657–1658.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sachdev, S., & Zhang, S.-C. (2002). Superconductivity. Tuning order in cuprate superconductors. Science (New York, N.Y.), 295(5554), 452–454.
A journal article with 3 authors
Gutfreund, Y., Zheng, W., & Knudsen, E. I. (2002). Gated visual input to the central auditory system. Science (New York, N.Y.), 297(5586), 1556–1559.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Treloar, K. K., Simpson, M. J., Binder, B. J., McElwain, D. L. S., & Baker, R. E. (2014). Assessing the role of spatial correlations during collective cell spreading. Scientific Reports, 4, 5713.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Schmidt, P., Körber, R., & Coppers, M. (2003). Sieben und Siebmaschinen. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Reddy, V. R. (2015). Life-cycle Cost Approach for Management of Environmental Resources: A Primer (M. Kurian & R. Ardakanian, Eds.). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Matei, O., & Contras, D. (2016). Automated Product Design and Development Using Evolutionary Ontology. In R. Silhavy, R. Senkerik, Z. K. Oplatkova, P. Silhavy, & Z. Prokopova (Eds.), Artificial Intelligence Perspectives in Intelligent Systems: Proceedings of the 5th Computer Science On-line Conference 2016 (CSOC2016), Vol 1 (pp. 47–57). 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
Fang, J. (2015, September 30). How Can We Tell What Color An Extinct Animal Was? 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. (1988). ADP Management Controls: Farmers Home Administration Can Improve Reporting of Weaknesses (IMTEC-88-38). 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
Britt, A. L. (2014). The Long-Term Impact of Preschool Education on Student Achievement [Doctoral dissertation]. Lindenwood 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
Chira, S. (2013, September 26). When a House Falls in the Forest. New York Times, D4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Amaratunga, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Amaratunga, 2002; Sachdev & Zhang, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Sachdev & Zhang, 2002)
  • Three authors: (Gutfreund et al., 2002)
  • 6 or more authors: (Treloar et al., 2014)

About the journal

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

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