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. Wisdom, “Swimming in spacetime: motion by cyclic changes in body shape,” Science, vol. 299, no. 5614, pp. 1865–1869, Mar. 2003.
A journal article with 2 authors
H.-C. S. Yen and S. J. Elledge, “Identification of SCF ubiquitin ligase substrates by global protein stability profiling,” Science, vol. 322, no. 5903, pp. 923–929, Nov. 2008.
A journal article with 3 authors
J. P. Junker, F. Ziegler, and M. Rief, “Ligand-dependent equilibrium fluctuations of single calmodulin molecules,” Science, vol. 323, no. 5914, pp. 633–637, Jan. 2009.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
T. Peng, Z. Kou, H. Wu, and S. Mu, “Graphene from amorphous titanium carbide by chlorination under 200 °C and atmospheric pressures,” Sci. Rep., vol. 4, p. 5494, Jun. 2014.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
M. Furmston, Powell-Smith & Furmston’s Building Contract Casebook. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing, 2008.
An edited book
B. Glimm and A. Krüger, Eds., KI 2012: Advances in Artificial Intelligence: 35th Annual German Conference on AI, Saarbrücken, Germany, September 24-27, 2012. Proceedings, vol. 7526. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
M. A. Levitan and Y. A. Lavrushin, “The Late Glacial Time and Holocene of Northern Eurasia,” in Sedimentation History in the Arctic Ocean and Subarctic Seas for the Last 130 kyr, Y. A. Lavrushin, Ed. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2009, pp. 43–45.

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, “How Smartphone Use Is Changing The Way Thumbs and Brains Communicate,” IFLScience, Dec. 24, 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, “Social Security Offsets: Improvements to Program Design Could Better Assist Older Student Loan Borrowers with Obtaining Permitted Relief,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, GAO-17-45, Dec. 2016.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
E. D. Hendricks, “Teaching teachers: A study of teacher educators’ perceptions of the effect of meeting mandated NCATE standards,” Doctoral dissertation, Capella University, Minneapolis, MN, 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
J. Eligon, “Two of the Best Get a Reward: Each Other,” New York Times, p. D3, Nov. 18, 2016.

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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