How to format your references using the IEEE Control Systems citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Control Systems. 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
D. Lynden-Bell, “Retrospective. Allan Sandage (1926-2010),” Science, vol. 330, no. 6012, p. 1763, Dec. 2010.
A journal article with 2 authors
J. A. Nadeau and F. D. Sack, “Control of stomatal distribution on the Arabidopsis leaf surface,” Science, vol. 296, no. 5573, pp. 1697–1700, May 2002.
A journal article with 3 authors
D. Garlaschelli, G. Caldarelli, and L. Pietronero, “Universal scaling relations in food webs,” Nature, vol. 423, no. 6936, pp. 165–168, May 2003.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
L. Shorey, S. Piertney, J. Stone, and J. Höglund, “Fine-scale genetic structuring on Manacus manacus leks,” Nature, vol. 408, no. 6810, pp. 352–353, Nov. 2000.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
D. Minoli, Nanotechnology Applications to Telecommunications and Networking. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2005.
An edited book
K. Chaudhuri, C. Gentile, and S. Zilles, Eds., Algorithmic Learning Theory: 26th International Conference, ALT 2015, Banff, AB, Canada, October 4-6, 2015, Proceedings, vol. 9355. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
B. X. Wang and N. Japkowicz, “Boosting Support Vector Machines for Imbalanced Data Sets,” in Foundations of Intelligent Systems: 17th International Symposium, ISMIS 2008 Toronto, Canada, May 20-23, 2008 Proceedings, A. An, S. Matwin, Z. W. Raś, and D. Ślęzak, Eds. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2008, pp. 38–47.

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 Control Systems.

Blog post
E. Andrew, “From Farm To Pharmacy: Regulating Medicinal Cannabis In Australia,” IFLScience, Oct. 27, 2015. (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, “Information Technology: Immigration and Customs Enforcement Is Beginning to Address Infrastructure Modernization Program Weaknesses but Key Improvements Still Needed,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, GAO-06-823, Jul. 2006.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
E. A. Wright, “Assessing Leadership Behaviors and Demographic Characteristics of Project Managers Associated Through LinkedIn,” Doctoral dissertation, Northcentral University, Scottsdale, AZ, 2012.

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
L. Saslow, “Moving From Team Sport to Lifelong Fitness,” New York Times, p. LI5, Jan. 11, 2009.

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 Control Systems
ISSN (print)1066-033X
ScopeControl and Systems Engineering
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Modelling and Simulation

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