How to format your references using the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine. 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
C. Bréchot, “Train Africa’s scientists in crisis response,” Nature, vol. 524, no. 7563, p. 7, Aug. 2015.
A journal article with 2 authors
D. Shaywitz and H. Dansky, “Found in translation,” Nature, vol. 446, no. 7136, p. 700, Apr. 2007.
A journal article with 3 authors
S. Toda, R. S. Stein, and T. Sagiya, “Evidence from the AD 2000 Izu islands earthquake swarm that stressing rate governs seismicity,” Nature, vol. 419, no. 6902, pp. 58–61, Sep. 2002.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
T. L. Farnham, D. G. Schleicher, L. M. Woodney, P. V. Birch, C. A. Eberhardy, and L. Levy, “Imaging and photometry of comet C/1999 S4 (LINEAR) before perihelion and after breakup,” Science, vol. 292, no. 5520, pp. 1348–1353, May 2001.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
G. G. Matthews, Cellular Physiology of Nerve and Muscle. Malden, MA USA: Blackwell Publishing Ltd., 2002.
An edited book
E. L. Grigorenko, Ed., Handbook of Juvenile Forensic Psychology and Psychiatry. Boston, MA: Springer US, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
J. B. Almeida, M. J. Frade, J. S. Pinto, and S. Melo de Sousa, “Hoare Logic,” in Rigorous Software Development: An Introduction to Program Verification, M. J. Frade, J. S. Pinto, and S. Melo de Sousa, Eds. London: Springer, 2011, pp. 129–157.

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 Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine.

Blog post
J. Fang, “Tobacco Kills Two Out of Three Smokers,” IFLScience, 04-Mar-2015. [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, “Bus Rapid Transit: Projects Improve Transit Service and Can Contribute to Economic Development,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, GAO-12-811, Jul. 2012.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
A. Sheldon, “The impact of power restoration and narcissism on aggression,” Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 2010.

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
V. M. Mallozzi, “For a Bride’s Dying Father, a Wedding Built in 24 Hours,” New York Times, p. ST10, 30-Jun-2017.

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 Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine
AbbreviationIEEE Aerosp. Electron. Syst. Mag.
ISSN (print)0885-8985
ScopeSpace and Planetary Science
Aerospace Engineering
Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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