How to format your references using the IEEE Microwave Magazine citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Microwave Magazine. 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
T. A. Baker, “Obituary: Arthur Kornberg (1918-2007),” Nature, vol. 450, no. 7171, p. 809, Dec. 2007.
A journal article with 2 authors
P. A. Stott and P. W. Thorne, “How best to log local temperatures?,” Nature, vol. 465, no. 7295, pp. 158–159, May 2010.
A journal article with 3 authors
X. Yang, T. K. Minton, and D. H. Zhang, “Chemistry. Rethinking chemical reactions at hyperthermal energies,” Science, vol. 336, no. 6089, pp. 1650–1651, Jun. 2012.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
H. Gelbard-Sagiv, R. Mukamel, M. Harel, R. Malach, and I. Fried, “Internally generated reactivation of single neurons in human hippocampus during free recall,” Science, vol. 322, no. 5898, pp. 96–101, Oct. 2008.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
B. Dodson, P. C. Hammett, and R. Klerx, Probabilistic Design for Optimization and Robustness for Engineers. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2014.
An edited book
R. W. McGee, Ed., Taxation and Public Finance in Transition and Developing Economies. Boston, MA: Springer US, 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
E. Kuźniak, “The Ascorbate–Gluathione Cycle and Related Redox Signals in Plant–Pathogen Interactions,” in Ascorbate-Glutathione Pathway and Stress Tolerance in Plants, N. A. Anjum, M.-T. Chan, and S. Umar, Eds. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, 2010, pp. 115–136.

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 Microwave Magazine.

Blog post
A. Carpineti, “New Battery Promises More Power In Half The Size,” IFLScience, Aug. 22, 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, “ADP, IRM & Telecommunications,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, IMTEC-84-9, Apr. 1984.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
J. Yoon, “Jan Radzynski’s Canto (1981): An Introductory View of Its Genre, Style, and Form, with Suggestions for Performance,” Doctoral dissertation, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 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
M. M. Grynbaum and K. Rogers, “Army-McCarthy Hearings. Anita Hill. Comey Testimony,” New York Times, p. A17, Jun. 08, 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 Microwave Magazine
AbbreviationIEEE Microw. Mag.
ISSN (print)1527-3342
ScopeElectrical and Electronic Engineering
Condensed Matter Physics

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