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
Whates, I. (2007). A piratical sabbatical. Nature, 448(7150), 224.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bedalov, A., & Simon, J. A. (2004). Neuroscience. NAD to the rescue. Science (New York, N.Y.), 305(5686), 954–955.
A journal article with 3 authors
Schneider, T., Bischoff, T., & Haug, G. H. (2014). Migrations and dynamics of the intertropical convergence zone. Nature, 513(7516), 45–53.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Larbalestier, D., Gurevich, A., Feldmann, D. M., & Polyanskii, A. (2001). High-Tc superconducting materials for electric power applications. Nature, 414(6861), 368–377.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Williamson, T. (2013). Identity and Discrimination. The Atrium, Southern Gate, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 8SQ, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Winter, A. (2011). Health Information Systems: Architectures and Strategies. (R. Haux, E. Ammenwerth, B. Brigl, N. Hellrung, & F. Jahn, Eds.) (Second Edition). London: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Burnett, L. E., & Hoffman, A. (2010). Insights, Trends, and 360-Degree Marketing. In A. Hoffman (Ed.), Black Is the New Green: Marketing to Affluent African Americans (pp. 99–119). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan US.

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
Luntz, S. (2015, February 3). Orangutans Come Down From The Trees. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (1978). Opportunities To Fully Integrate Environmental Research and Development into Developing Energy Technologies (No. EMD-78-43). Washington, DC: 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
Ma, Y. (2013). Vesicular Stomatitis Virus as a Vector to Deliver Virus-Like Particles of Human Norovirus: A New Live Vectored Vaccine for Human Norovirus (Doctoral dissertation). Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

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
Detrick, B. (2017, July 5). A Beachside Rave, by Way of Brooklyn. New York Times, p. D6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Whates, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Bedalov & Simon, 2004; Whates, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Bedalov & Simon, 2004)
  • Three authors: (Schneider, Bischoff, & Haug, 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Larbalestier, Gurevich, Feldmann, & Polyanskii, 2001)

About the journal

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

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