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
H. S. Margolis, “Physics. How big is the proton?,” Science, vol. 339, no. 6118, pp. 405–406, Jan. 2013.
A journal article with 2 authors
R. Derynck and Y. E. Zhang, “Smad-dependent and Smad-independent pathways in TGF-beta family signalling,” Nature, vol. 425, no. 6958, pp. 577–584, Oct. 2003.
A journal article with 3 authors
K.-H. Jeong, J. Kim, and L. P. Lee, “Biologically inspired artificial compound eyes,” Science, vol. 312, no. 5773, pp. 557–561, Apr. 2006.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
J. Wookey, S. Stackhouse, J.-M. Kendall, J. Brodholt, and G. D. Price, “Efficacy of the post-perovskite phase as an explanation for lowermost-mantle seismic properties,” Nature, vol. 438, no. 7070, pp. 1004–1007, Dec. 2005.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
M. H. Heines, First to File. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2014.
An edited book
G. V. Korolev, Three-Dimensional Free-Radical Polymerization: Cross-Linked and Hyper-Branched Polymers. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
C. Gold, “Spatial Embedding and Spatial Context,” in Quality of Context: First International Workshop, QuaCon 2009, Stuttgart, Germany, June 25-26, 2009. Revised Papers, K. Rothermel, D. Fritsch, W. Blochinger, and F. Dürr, Eds., in Lecture Notes in Computer Science. , Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2009, pp. 53–64.

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
E. Andrew, “The Future Of Aviation Fuel Could Be Sweet,” IFLScience. Accessed: Oct. 30, 2018. [Online]. Available:


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, “Broadcast Exclusivity Rules: Effects of Elimination Would Depend on Other Federal Actions and Industry Response,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, GAO-15-441, Apr. 2015.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
P. Weisko, “Wading Tiger Swimming Dragon: A Study on Comparative Indo-Sino Naval Development,” Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, Washington, DC, 2017.

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
N. MacFARQUHAR, “From Pilgrims, Putin Seeks Political Profit,” New York Times, p. A4, Aug. 03, 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 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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