How to format your references using the IEEE Internet of Things Journal citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Internet of Things Journal. 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. G. Mitrofanov, “Astrophysics: a constraint on canonical quantum gravity?,” Nature, vol. 426, no. 6963, p. 139, Nov. 2003.
A journal article with 2 authors
P. J. Horn and C. L. Peterson, “Molecular biology. Chromatin higher order folding--wrapping up transcription,” Science, vol. 297, no. 5588, pp. 1824–1827, Sep. 2002.
A journal article with 3 authors
P. Verburg, R. E. Hecky, and H. Kling, “Ecological consequences of a century of warming in Lake Tanganyika,” Science, vol. 301, no. 5632, pp. 505–507, Jul. 2003.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
P. F. Donald, F. J. Sanderson, I. J. Burfield, S. M. Bierman, R. D. Gregory, and Z. Waliczky, “International conservation policy delivers benefits for birds in Europe,” Science, vol. 317, no. 5839, pp. 810–813, Aug. 2007.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R. A. Schwartz, M. G. Carew, and T. Maksimenko, Micro Markets Workbook. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2010.
An edited book
V. Gramoli and R. Guerraoui, Eds., Networked Systems: First International Conference, NETYS 2013, Marrakech, Morocco, May 2-4, 2013, Revised Selected Papers, vol. 7853. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
J. Hodicky, “Autonomous Systems Operationalization Gaps Overcome by Modelling and Simulation,” in Modelling and Simulation for Autonomous Systems: Third International Workshop, MESAS 2016, Rome, Italy, June 15-16, 2016, Revised Selected Papers, J. Hodicky, Ed. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2016, pp. 40–47.

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 Internet of Things Journal.

Blog post
S. Luntz, “First Ever Color Photo Of Pluto And Charon Sent Back By New Horizons Spacecraft,” IFLScience, Apr. 17, 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, “Air Traffic Control: FAA Needs to Better Prepare for Impending Wave of Controller Attrition,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, GAO-02-591, Jun. 2002.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
S. Mehlinger, “Fault Lines,” 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
J. Leland, “Faith and Family, in Transition,” New York Times, p. MB1, Jun. 16, 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 Internet of Things Journal
AbbreviationIEEE Internet Things J.
ISSN (print)2327-4662
ScopeComputer Networks and Communications
Computer Science Applications
Hardware and Architecture
Information Systems
Signal Processing

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