How to format your references using the IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine. 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
J. Linden, “Cell biology. Purinergic chemotaxis,” Science, vol. 314, no. 5806, pp. 1689–1690, Dec. 2006.
A journal article with 2 authors
J. S. Clark and J. S. McLachlan, “Stability of forest biodiversity,” Nature, vol. 423, no. 6940, pp. 635–638, Jun. 2003.
A journal article with 3 authors
P. Baum, D.-S. Yang, and A. H. Zewail, “4D visualization of transitional structures in phase transformations by electron diffraction,” Science, vol. 318, no. 5851, pp. 788–792, Nov. 2007.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Anopheles gambiae 1000 Genomes Consortium et al., “Genetic diversity of the African malaria vector Anopheles gambiae,” Nature, vol. 552, no. 7683, pp. 96–100, Dec. 2017.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
A. Heuer, Der perfekte Tipp. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, 2012.
An edited book
I. G. Cook, Sociability, Social Capital, and Community Development: A Public Health Perspective. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
Z. J. Acs, “New Firm Formation and the Region: Empirical Results from the United States,” in Entrepreneurship, Growth, and Innovation: The Dynamics of Firms and Industries, E. Santarelli, Ed. Boston, MA: Springer US, 2006, pp. 105–133.

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 Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine.

Blog post
E. Andrew, “Griffin the Parrot Demonstrates the Ability to Share,” IFLScience, Feb. 27, 2014. (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, “Secretary of the Senate Accountability as of March 31, 1977,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, GGD-77-66, Jul. 1977.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
S. Krishna, “Pediatric Pal,” Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 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
M. Kolomatsky, “May’s Most Popular Properties,” New York Times, p. RE2, Jun. 09, 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 Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine
AbbreviationIEEE J. Transl. Eng. Health Med.
ISSN (print)2168-2372
ScopeBiomedical Engineering
General Medicine

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