How to format your references using the IEEE Micro citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Micro. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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. Folkman, “Retrospective. Jeffrey Isner, 1947-2001,” Science, vol. 294, no. 5547, p. 1670, Nov. 2001.
A journal article with 2 authors
H. R. Mattila and T. D. Seeley, “Genetic diversity in honey bee colonies enhances productivity and fitness,” Science, vol. 317, no. 5836, pp. 362–364, Jul. 2007.
A journal article with 3 authors
P. D. Howes, R. Chandrawati, and M. M. Stevens, “Bionanotechnology. Colloidal nanoparticles as advanced biological sensors,” Science, vol. 346, no. 6205, p. 1247390, Oct. 2014.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
J. Szabadics, C. Varga, G. Molnár, S. Oláh, P. Barzó, and G. Tamás, “Excitatory effect of GABAergic axo-axonic cells in cortical microcircuits,” Science, vol. 311, no. 5758, pp. 233–235, Jan. 2006.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
L. Reeder, Guide to Green Building Rating Systems. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2010.
An edited book
A. Ustundag, Ed., The Value of RFID: Benefits vs. Costs. London: Springer, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
P. Li and H. Makino, “Liquefied Dimethyl Ether: An Energy-Saving, Green Extraction Solvent,” in Alternative Solvents for Natural Products Extraction, F. Chemat and M. A. Vian, Eds. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2014, pp. 91–106.

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 Micro.

Blog post
E. Andrew, “Blame It On Mum And Dad: How Genes Influence What We Eat,” IFLScience, Sep. 29, 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, “Public Transit: Funding for New Starts and Small Starts Projects, October 2004 through June 2012,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, GAO-13-40, Nov. 2012.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
O. Richards, “Teachers’ Perceptions About the Value of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: A Case Study,” Doctoral dissertation, Northcentral University, Scottsdale, AZ, 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
L. Saslow, “New Plan Approved for Kings Park Property,” New York Times, p. 14LI2, Jan. 07, 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 Micro
ISSN (print)0272-1732
ScopeHardware and Architecture
Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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