How to format your references using the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing. 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. Kerrick, “Geology. Serpentinite seduction,” Science, vol. 298, no. 5597, pp. 1344–1345, Nov. 2002.
A journal article with 2 authors
R. Gani and S. Leach, “Transmission potential of smallpox in contemporary populations,” Nature, vol. 414, no. 6865, pp. 748–751, Dec. 2001.
A journal article with 3 authors
W. A. Nelson, O. N. Bjørnstad, and T. Yamanaka, “Recurrent insect outbreaks caused by temperature-driven changes in system stability,” Science, vol. 341, no. 6147, pp. 796–799, Aug. 2013.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
R. Abujarour, B. Valamehr, M. Robinson, B. Rezner, F. Vranceanu, and P. Flynn, “Optimized surface markers for the prospective isolation of high-quality hiPSCs using flow cytometry selection,” Sci. Rep., vol. 3, p. 1179, Jan. 2013.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
A. Melville, Political Atlas of the Modern World. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
An edited book
G. Owusu, P. O’Brien, J. McCall, and N. F. Doherty, Eds., Transforming Field and Service Operations: Methodologies for Successful Technology-Driven Business Transformation. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
S. Mitra and G. B. Mills, “Aberrant Vesicular Trafficking Contributes to Altered Polarity and Metabolism in Cancer,” in Vesicle Trafficking in Cancer, Y. Yarden and G. Tarcic, Eds. New York, NY: Springer, 2013, pp. 95–123.

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 Selected Topics in Signal Processing.

Blog post
A. Carpineti, “Even Thermodynamics Gets Weird At An Atomic Level,” IFLScience, Aug. 19, 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 Infrastructure: Reshaping the Federal Role Poses Significant Challenge for Policy Makers,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, RCED-90-81A, Dec. 1989.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
G. Bardhoshi, “The Relationship Between Assignment of Non-Counseling Duties and Burnout Among Professional School Counselors,” Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, Washington, DC, 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
K. Crow, “When Windows on a Building Become Windows of the Soul,” New York Times, p. 148, Nov. 03, 2002.

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 Selected Topics in Signal Processing
AbbreviationIEEE J. Sel. Top. Signal Process.
ISSN (print)1932-4553
ScopeSignal Processing
Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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