How to format your references using the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. 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
R. S. Steneck, “Ecology. Staying connected in a turbulent world,” Science, vol. 311, no. 5760, pp. 480–481, Jan. 2006.
A journal article with 2 authors
H. L. Weiner and D. J. Selkoe, “Inflammation and therapeutic vaccination in CNS diseases,” Nature, vol. 420, no. 6917, pp. 879–884, 2002.
A journal article with 3 authors
T. E. DeCoursey, D. Morgan, and V. V. Cherny, “The voltage dependence of NADPH oxidase reveals why phagocytes need proton channels,” Nature, vol. 422, no. 6931, pp. 531–534, Apr. 2003.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
W. A. Pastor et al., “Genome-wide mapping of 5-hydroxymethylcytosine in embryonic stem cells,” Nature, vol. 473, no. 7347, pp. 394–397, May 2011.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R. L. Baber, The Language of Mathematics. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2011.
An edited book
M. S. Gudipati and J. Castillo-Rogez, Eds., The Science of Solar System Ices, vol. 356. New York, NY: Springer, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
B. A. Hense, C. Kuttler, and J. Müller, “Functionality of Autoinducer Systems in Complex Environments,” in The Physical Basis of Bacterial Quorum Communication, S. J. Hagen, Ed. New York, NY: Springer, 2015, pp. 83–103.

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/ACM Transactions on Networking.

Blog post
J. Fang, “A Century of Data Reveal that Climate Change is Shrinking Bumblebee Ranges,” IFLScience, Jul. 10, 2015. (accessed Oct. 30, 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, “WMATA’s Administrative Costs and Largo Extension,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, RCED-96-132R, May 1996.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
K. Stoecker, “Transfer of Topic-Prominence in Chinese-English Interlanguage,” Doctoral dissertation, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL, 2013.

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
M. E. Sarotte, “How the Berlin Wall Really Fell,” New York Times, p. A21, Nov. 06, 2014.

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/ACM Transactions on Networking
AbbreviationIEEE ACM Trans. Netw.
ISSN (print)1063-6692
ScopeComputer Networks and Communications
Computer Science Applications
Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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