How to format your references using the IEEE Access citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Access. 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
D. Butler, “Ministers back gene-crop advisers,” Nature, vol. 421, no. 6925, p. 775, Feb. 2003.
A journal article with 2 authors
R. J. Shaw and L. C. Cantley, “Ras, PI(3)K and mTOR signalling controls tumour cell growth,” Nature, vol. 441, no. 7092, pp. 424–430, May 2006.
A journal article with 3 authors
H. Pier, E. Kapon, and M. Moser, “Strain effects and phase transitions in photonic resonator crystals,” Nature, vol. 407, no. 6806, pp. 880–883, Oct. 2000.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
S. Raghu et al., “Ecology. Adding biofuels to the invasive species fire?,” Science, vol. 313, no. 5794, p. 1742, Sep. 2006.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
D. D. Coleman, D. A. Westcott, and B. E. Harkins, CWSP®: Certified Wireless Security Professional Study Guide CWSP-205. Indianapolis, Indiana: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2016.
An edited book
G. E. Mullin, L. J. Cheskin, and L. E. Matarese, Eds., Integrative Weight Management: A Guide for Clinicians. New York, NY: Springer, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
S. Richardson and N. Gilmour, “Annotated Bibliography,” in Intelligence and Security Oversight: An Annotated Bibliography and Comparative Analysis, N. Gilmour, Ed. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2016, pp. 21–41.

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 IEEE Access.

Blog post
R. Andrews, “Scientists Have Discovered One Of The Largest Dinosaur Footprints Ever,” IFLScience, 01-Aug-2016. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 30-Oct-2018].


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, “Rail Safety: Improved Human Capital Planning Could Address Emerging Safety Oversight Challenges,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, GAO-14-85, Dec. 2013.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
K. Thompson, “Paid formal caregivers and caregiver burden: A quantitative study,” Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 2015.

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
S. Kelly, “Mighty Joe Mishbooker,” New York Times, p. 724, 12-Nov-1995.

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 titleIEEE Access
AbbreviationIEEE Access
ISSN (print)2169-3536
ScopeGeneral Computer Science
General Engineering
General Materials Science

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