How to format your references using the IEEE Electron Device Letters citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Electron Device Letters. 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. Spurgeon, “Canada tries to limit nanotech brain drain,” Nature, vol. 408, no. 6812, p. 623, Nov. 2000.
A journal article with 2 authors
E. H. Feinberg and M. Meister, “Orientation columns in the mouse superior colliculus,” Nature, vol. 519, no. 7542, pp. 229–232, Mar. 2015.
A journal article with 3 authors
B. Levine, N. Mizushima, and H. W. Virgin, “Autophagy in immunity and inflammation,” Nature, vol. 469, no. 7330, pp. 323–335, Jan. 2011.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Y. Hasegawa et al., “CCL2 enhances pluripotency of human induced pluripotent stem cells by activating hypoxia related genes,” Sci. Rep., vol. 4, p. 5228, Jun. 2014.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
T. Horváth, Understanding Lightning and Lightning Protection. Chichester, England: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2006.
An edited book
R. K. Yu and C.-L. Schengrund, Eds., Glycobiology of the Nervous System, vol. 9. New York, NY: Springer, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
S. Janjuha-Jivraj and K. Chisholm, “Barriers to Progress: Confidence and Bias,” in Championing Women Leaders: Beyond Sponsorship, K. Chisholm, Ed. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2016, pp. 36–54.

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 Electron Device Letters.

Blog post
E. Andrew, “Mysterious X-Rays Could Mark Enormous Star Graveyard Surrounding Our Galaxy’s Supermassive Black Hole,” IFLScience, May 05, 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, “Transportation Security R&D: TSA and DHS Are Researching and Developing Technologies, but Need to Improve R&D Management,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, GAO-04-890, Sep. 2004.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
J. Prosky, “Meisner and the problem of character,” Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 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
B. Sisario, “Judge Rejects Justice Dept. Decision on Music Licensing,” New York Times, p. B4, Sep. 19, 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 Electron Device Letters
AbbreviationIEEE Electron Device Lett.
ISSN (print)0741-3106
ScopeElectrical and Electronic Engineering
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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