How to format your references using the IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering. 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
P. John, “Applied physics. Toward diamond lasers,” Science, vol. 292, no. 5523, pp. 1847–1848, Jun. 2001.
A journal article with 2 authors
C. M. Lively and M. F. Dybdahl, “Parasite adaptation to locally common host genotypes,” Nature, vol. 405, no. 6787, pp. 679–681, Jun. 2000.
A journal article with 3 authors
Y.-L. Li, I. A. Kinloch, and A. H. Windle, “Direct spinning of carbon nanotube fibers from chemical vapor deposition synthesis,” Science, vol. 304, no. 5668, pp. 276–278, Apr. 2004.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
T. Y. Chen, Z. Tesanovic, R. H. Liu, X. H. Chen, and C. L. Chien, “A BCS-like gap in the superconductor SmFeAsO0.85F0.15,” Nature, vol. 453, no. 7199, pp. 1224–1227, Jun. 2008.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
H. R. Moskowitz, S. Porretta, and M. Silcher, Concept Research in Food Product Design and Development. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing, 2008.
An edited book
D. Chiumello, Ed., Topical Issues in Anesthesia and Intensive Care. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
P. K. Swamee and B. R. Chahar, “Design for Minimum Flow Area,” in Design of Canals, B. R. Chahar, Ed., in Springer Transactions in Civil and Environmental Engineering. New Delhi: Springer India, 2015, pp. 79–88.

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 Journal of Oceanic Engineering.

Blog post
E. Andrew, “Molecules of noble gases have been discovered in space,” IFLScience, Dec. 14, 2013.


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, “FAA Technical Center: Mission and Role in National Airspace System Plan Implementation,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, IMTEC-88-6BR, Jan. 1988.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Y. Tchen, “An evaluation of the effectiveness of mandatory reporting of health care associated infection,” Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 2010.

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. Greenhouse, “Court to Weigh Disparities in Cocaine Laws,” New York Times, p. A15, Jun. 12, 2007.

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 Journal of Oceanic Engineering
ISSN (print)0364-9059
ScopeElectrical and Electronic Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Ocean Engineering

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