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
V. Marx, “The DNA of a nation,” Nature, vol. 524, no. 7566, pp. 503–505, Aug. 2015.
A journal article with 2 authors
C. M. Azzalin and J. Lingner, “Cell biology. Telomere wedding ends in divorce,” Science, vol. 304, no. 5667, pp. 60–62, Apr. 2004.
A journal article with 3 authors
W. A. Nelson, E. McCauley, and F. J. Wrona, “Stage-structured cycles promote genetic diversity in a predator-prey system of Daphnia and algae,” Nature, vol. 433, no. 7024, pp. 413–417, Jan. 2005.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
F. Reith, S. L. Rogers, D. C. McPhail, and D. Webb, “Biomineralization of gold: biofilms on bacterioform gold,” Science, vol. 313, no. 5784, pp. 233–236, Jul. 2006.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J.-C. Valière, Acoustic Particle Velocity Measurements Using Lasers. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2014.
An edited book
J. T. Sample, Tile-Based Geospatial Information Systems: Principles and Practices. Boston, MA: Springer US, 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
Y. Iwahori, K. Shibata, H. Kawanaka, K. Funahashi, R. J. Woodham, and Y. Adachi, “Shape from SEM Image Using Fast Marching Method and Intensity Modification by Neural Network,” in Recent Advances in Knowledge-based Paradigms and Applications: Enhanced Applications Using Hybrid Artificial Intelligence Techniques, J. W. Tweedale and L. C. Jain, Eds. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2014, pp. 73–86.

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
R. Andrews, “Peculiar Ancient Marine Reptile Reveals Life Evolved Rapidly After 'Great Dying” Apocalypse,” IFLScience, May 23, 2016. (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, “Railroad Safety: DOT Should Better Manage Its Hazardous Materials Inspection Program,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, RCED-90-43, Nov. 1989.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
T. De la Pena Wing, “Remembering Malintzin’s dream: A bridge between two cultures through language and love,” Doctoral dissertation, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, 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
K. Feeney, “Try a Cookie. Happiness Awaits,” New York Times, p. 14NJ13, Dec. 16, 2007.

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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