How to format your references using the IEEE Communications Magazine citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Communications 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
S. Sherwood, “A microphysical connection among biomass burning, cumulus clouds, and stratospheric moisture,” Science, vol. 295, no. 5558, pp. 1272–1275, Feb. 2002.
A journal article with 2 authors
T. D. Pollard and J. A. Cooper, “Actin, a central player in cell shape and movement,” Science, vol. 326, no. 5957, pp. 1208–1212, Nov. 2009.
A journal article with 3 authors
R. P. Kitching, N. M. Taylor, and M. V. Thrusfield, “Veterinary epidemiology: vaccination strategies for foot-and-mouth disease,” Nature, vol. 445, no. 7128, pp. E12; discussion E12-3, Feb. 2007.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
R. F. Anderson et al., “Wind-driven upwelling in the Southern Ocean and the deglacial rise in atmospheric CO2,” Science, vol. 323, no. 5920, pp. 1443–1448, Mar. 2009.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J.-P. Dal Pont and C. Azzaro-Pantel, New Approaches to the Process Industries. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2014.
An edited book
M. Fathi, Ed., Integration of Practice-Oriented Knowledge Technology: Trends and Prospectives. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
S. M. Gordon and M. Buchwald, “The FANCC Gene and Its Products,” in Molecular Mechanisms of Fanconi Anemia, S. H. Kirk, Ed. Boston, MA: Springer US, 2006, pp. 36–53.

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 Communications Magazine.

Blog post
E. Andrew, “Curiosity Takes ‘Low-Angle’ Selfie,” IFLScience, 21-Aug-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, “Charter Bus Service: Local Factors Determine Effectiveness of Federal Regulation,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, RCED-93-162, Sep. 1993.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
W. E. Koenig, “Leadership for the whole in the mythic field of C. G. Jung’s unconscious processes,” 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
S. Kishkovsky, “Europe; Azerbaijan: Journalist Critical of Leader Is Sentenced to 7 1/2 Years in Prison,” New York Times, p. A11, 02-Sep-2015.

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 Communications Magazine
AbbreviationIEEE Commun. Mag.
ISSN (print)0163-6804
ScopeComputer Networks and Communications
Computer Science Applications
Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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