How to format your references using the IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Consumer Electronics 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
B. Beutler, “Inferences, questions and possibilities in Toll-like receptor signalling,” Nature, vol. 430, no. 6996, pp. 257–263, Jul. 2004.
A journal article with 2 authors
D. G. Bucknall and H. L. Anderson, “Chemistry. Polymers get organized,” Science, vol. 302, no. 5652, pp. 1904–1905, Dec. 2003.
A journal article with 3 authors
N. L. Golding, N. P. Staff, and N. Spruston, “Dendritic spikes as a mechanism for cooperative long-term potentiation,” Nature, vol. 418, no. 6895, pp. 326–331, Jul. 2002.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
A. Kachroo, C. R. Schopfer, M. E. Nasrallah, and J. B. Nasrallah, “Allele-specific receptor-ligand interactions in Brassica self-incompatibility,” Science, vol. 293, no. 5536, pp. 1824–1826, Sep. 2001.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
D. Kramer-Moore and M. Moore, Destructive Myths in Family Therapy. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.
An edited book
V. C. Müller, Ed., Philosophy and Theory of Artificial Intelligence, vol. 5. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
C. Van Damme, T. Coenen, and E. Vandijck, “Turning a Corporate Folksonomy into a Lightweight Corporate Ontology,” in Business Information Systems: 11th International Conference, BIS 2008, Innsbruck, Austria, May 5-7, 2008. Proceedings, W. Abramowicz and D. Fensel, Eds. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2008, pp. 36–47.

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 Consumer Electronics Magazine.

Blog post
E. Andrew, “Ancestors Of Humans And Chimps May Have Begun Diverging 13 Million Years Ago,” IFLScience, 19-Jun-2014. .


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, “Federal Research: Information on DOE’s Laboratory-Directed R&D Program,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, GAO-04-489, Apr. 2004.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
C. J. Stanford, “Highly sensitive fiber Bragg grating biosensors,” Doctoral dissertation, University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD, 2008.

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
J. D. Biersdorfer and K. Couturier, “Treasure Your Photos and Music? A Guide to Backing Up Critical Data,” New York Times, p. B3, 31-Mar-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 Consumer Electronics Magazine
ISSN (print)2162-2248

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