How to format your references using the IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics. 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
E. P. J. van den Heuvel, “Astronomy. An eccentric pulsar: result of a threesome?,” Science, vol. 320, no. 5881, pp. 1298–1299, Jun. 2008.
A journal article with 2 authors
N. V. Munshi and E. N. Olson, “Translational medicine. Improving cardiac rhythm with a biological pacemaker,” Science, vol. 345, no. 6194, pp. 268–269, Jul. 2014.
A journal article with 3 authors
S. von Caemmerer, W. P. Quick, and R. T. Furbank, “The development of C₄rice: current progress and future challenges,” Science, vol. 336, no. 6089, pp. 1671–1672, Jun. 2012.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
S. L. Baldwin, B. D. Monteleone, L. E. Webb, P. G. Fitzgerald, M. Grove, and E. J. Hill, “Pliocene eclogite exhumation at plate tectonic rates in eastern Papua New Guinea,” Nature, vol. 431, no. 7006, pp. 263–267, Sep. 2004.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
W. Hoffmann, The Economic Competitiveness of Renewable Energy. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2014.
An edited book
T. Meurer, K. Graichen, and E. D. Gilles, Eds., Control and Observer Design for Nonlinear Finite and Infinite Dimensional Systems, vol. 322. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2005.
A chapter in an edited book
L. Lazzarini, S. Luppino, and C. G. Malacrino, “The White and Coloured Marbles of the Roman Theatre of Copia(Cosenza, Italy),” in Materials, Technologies and Practice in Historic Heritage Structures, M. B. Dan, R. Přikryl, and Á. Török, Eds. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, 2010, pp. 71–92.

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/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics.

Blog post
E. Andrew, “Predatory ‘Glow Worm’ Discovered In Peruvian Rainforest,” IFLScience, Nov. 19, 2014. (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, “Observations on H.R. 3774, ‘The Aging Aircraft Safety Act of 1989,’” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, T-RCED-90-82, May 1990.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
E. S. Agbi, “Shadow economy and the related issues of tax evasion: A comparative analysis among Canadian workers,” Doctoral dissertation, Northcentral University, Scottsdale, AZ, 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
S. Hodara, “Affordability in a Bucolic Setting,” New York Times, p. RE17, Nov. 02, 2016.

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/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics
AbbreviationIEEE ASME Trans. Mechatron.
ISSN (print)1083-4435
ScopeComputer Science Applications
Control and Systems Engineering
Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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