How to format your references using the Circuits, Systems, and Signal Processing citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Circuits, Systems, and Signal Processing. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
1. M. Okumura, Science 347, 718 (2015).
A journal article with 2 authors
1. B. Vollan and E. Ostrom, Science 330, 923 (2010).
A journal article with 3 authors
1. A. N. Grant, S. Brönnimann, and L. Haimberger, Nature 455, E2 (2008).
A journal article with 4 or more authors
1. S. E. Rosasco-Nitcher, W. Lan, S. Khorasanizadeh, and P. T. Stukenberg, Science 319, 469 (2008).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. E. Biech, 101 More Ways to Make Training Active (John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ, 2015).
An edited book
1. C. T. Russell, editor , New Horizons: Reconnaissance of the Pluto-Charon System and the Kuiper Belt (Springer, New York, NY, 2009).
A chapter in an edited book
1. M. Muller, R. Gras, R. D. Appel, W. V. Bienvenut, and D. F. Hochstrasser, in Acceleration and Improvement of Protein Identification by Mass Spectrometry, edited by W. V. Bienvenut (Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2005), pp. 169–188.

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 Circuits, Systems, and Signal Processing.

Blog post
1. A. Carpineti, IFLScience (2017).


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
1. Government Accountability Office, Cost Information on the Desegregation of the School Systems in Mobile County and Wilcox County, Alabama (U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1972).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Y. Sanchez, Effectiveness of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Latino Families: A Secondary Analysis of Existing Data, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2012.

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
1. K. Crow, New York Times 144 (2002).

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 titleCircuits, Systems, and Signal Processing
AbbreviationCircuits Systems Signal Process.
ISSN (print)0278-081X
ISSN (online)1531-5878
ScopeSignal Processing
Applied Mathematics

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