How to format your references using the IEEE Magnetics Letters citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Magnetics Letters. 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
N. Clayton, “Journal club. A comparative cognitive scientist considers the effects of high-calorie diets on the brain,” Nature, vol. 465, no. 7301, p. 989, Jun. 2010.
A journal article with 2 authors
J. Å. H. Danielson and W. B. Frommer, “Plant science. Jack of all trades, master of flowering,” Science, vol. 339, no. 6120, pp. 659–660, Feb. 2013.
A journal article with 3 authors
D. J. Siveter, M. Williams, and D. Waloszek, “A phosphatocopid crustacean with appendages from the Lower Cambrian,” Science, vol. 293, no. 5529, pp. 479–481, Jul. 2001.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
U. Mogera, A. A. Sagade, S. J. George, and G. U. Kulkarni, “Ultrafast response humidity sensor using supramolecular nanofibre and its application in monitoring breath humidity and flow,” Sci. Rep., vol. 4, p. 4103, Feb. 2014.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
A. S. Pakurar and J. W. Bigbee, Digital Histology. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2005.
An edited book
R. van Leuken and G. Sicard, Eds., Integrated Circuit and System Design. Power and Timing Modeling, Optimization, and Simulation: 20th International Workshop, PATMOS 2010, Grenoble, France, September 7-10, 2010, Revised Selected Papers, vol. 6448. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
P. T. B. Hue, S. Wohlgemuth, I. Echizen, D. T. B. Thuy, and N. D. Thuc, “Fine-Grained Access Control for Electronic Health Record Systems,” in U- and E-Service, Science and Technology: International Conference UNESST 2010, Held as Part of the Future Generation Information Technology Conference, FGIT 2010, Jeju Island, Korea, December 13-15, 2010. Proceedings, T.-H. Kim, J. Ma, W.-C. Fang, B. Park, B.-H. Kang, and D. Ślęzak, Eds. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2010, pp. 31–38.

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 Magnetics Letters.

Blog post
S. Luntz, “Iron Disrupts Appetite Hormone, Possibly Triggering Obesity,” IFLScience, Aug. 25, 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, “Study of Certain Management Practices at the National Institute of Education,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, HRD-77-1, Oct. 1976.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
E. G. Rosenfeld, “The ascent of women to senior leadership positions in the financial services industry: A phenomenological study,” Doctoral dissertation, Capella University, Minneapolis, MN, 2009.

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. L. Grow, “Gun Rights for Terrorists,” New York Times, p. A27, Feb. 26, 2015.

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 Magnetics Letters
AbbreviationIEEE Magn. Lett.
ISSN (print)1949-307X
ScopeElectronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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