How to format your references using the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Magazine citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing 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
G. Melino, “Journal club. A cancer biologist weighs up p53, metabolism and cancer,” Nature, vol. 466, no. 7309, p. 905, Aug. 2010.
A journal article with 2 authors
H. H. Hsieh and D. Jewitt, “A population of comets in the main asteroid belt,” Science, vol. 312, no. 5773, pp. 561–563, Apr. 2006.
A journal article with 3 authors
G. W. Huber, J. W. Shabaker, and J. A. Dumesic, “Raney Ni-Sn catalyst for H2 production from biomass-derived hydrocarbons,” Science, vol. 300, no. 5628, pp. 2075–2077, Jun. 2003.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
S. Oláh et al., “Regulation of cortical microcircuits by unitary GABA-mediated volume transmission,” Nature, vol. 461, no. 7268, pp. 1278–1281, Oct. 2009.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Center for Chemical Process Safety, Guidelines for Engineering Design for Process Safety. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2012.
An edited book
E. Özkaya, Adverse Cutaneous Drug Reactions to Cardiovascular Drugs. London: Springer, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
R. Reussner and S. Becker, “Model-Based Software Development with Eclipse,” in Quality of Software Architectures: Second International Conference on Quality of Software Architectures, QoSA 2006, Västerås, Sweden, June 27-29, 2006 Revised Papers, C. Hofmeister, I. Crnkovic, and R. Reussner, Eds., in Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2006, pp. 5–6.

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 Geoscience and Remote Sensing Magazine.

Blog post
K. Hamilton, “Health Check: Is Man Flu Real?,” IFLScience, Jun. 16, 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, “Transportation Security: TSA Could Strengthen Oversight of Allegations of Employee Misconduct,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, GAO-13-756T, Jul. 2013.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
E. M. Wilson, “Lessons Learned from the Gender Wage Gap in the Federal Workforce: Structural Changes and Temporal Flexibility are Only the First Step to Equality,” Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, Washington, DC, 2017.

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. Hodgman, “I Am Sorry for This Mess,” New York Times, p. SR8, Oct. 21, 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 Geoscience and Remote Sensing Magazine
AbbreviationIEEE Geosci. Remote Sens. Mag.
ISSN (print)2168-6831
ScopeGeneral Computer Science
General Earth and Planetary Sciences
Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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