How to format your references using the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Magazine citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems 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
I. Wickelgren, “Neuroscience. Monkey see, monkey think about doing,” Science, vol. 305, no. 5681, pp. 162–163, Jul. 2004.
A journal article with 2 authors
C. B. Keller and B. Schoene, “Statistical geochemistry reveals disruption in secular lithospheric evolution about 2.5 Gyr ago,” Nature, vol. 485, no. 7399, pp. 490–493, May 2012.
A journal article with 3 authors
B. S. Halpern, K. Cottenie, and B. R. Broitman, “Strong top-down control in southern California kelp forest ecosystems,” Science, vol. 312, no. 5777, pp. 1230–1232, May 2006.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
N. Watanabe et al., “Hassall’s corpuscles instruct dendritic cells to induce CD4+CD25+ regulatory T cells in human thymus,” Nature, vol. 436, no. 7054, pp. 1181–1185, Aug. 2005.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
S. K. Gupta, Modern Hydrology and Sustainable Water Development. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2010.
An edited book
H. Ammari, Polarization and Moment Tensors: With Applications to Inverse Problems and Effective Medium Theory, vol. 162. New York, NY: Springer, 2007.
A chapter in an edited book
A. Khosla, B. Yao, and L. Fei-Fei, “Integrating Randomization and Discrimination for Classifying Human-Object Interaction Activities,” in Human-Centered Social Media Analytics, Y. Fu, Ed. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2014, pp. 95–114.

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 Intelligent Transportation Systems Magazine.

Blog post
A. Carpineti, “Snow Features On Pluto Are Similar To Some We Find On Earth,” IFLScience, Jan. 05, 2017. (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, “Mass Transit: Challenges in Evaluating, Overseeing, and Funding Major Transit Projects,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, T-RCED-00-104, Mar. 2000.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
A. Khalili, “Spectrally formulated user-defined element in Abaqus for wave motion analysis and health monitoring of composite structures,” Doctoral dissertation, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS, 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
K. Crow, “With Young Rhythm in His Bones, A Drummers’ Drummer Turns 80,” New York Times, p. 146, Sep. 17, 2000.

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 Intelligent Transportation Systems Magazine
ISSN (print)1939-1390
ScopeComputer Science Applications
Automotive Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

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