How to format your references using the IEEE MultiMedia citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE MultiMedia. 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
S. Neelakantan, “Psychology: Mind over myocardium,” Nature, vol. 493, no. 7434, pp. S16-7, Jan. 2013.
A journal article with 2 authors
D. H. Clements and J. Sarama, “Early childhood mathematics intervention,” Science, vol. 333, no. 6045, pp. 968–970, Aug. 2011.
A journal article with 3 authors
C. Averill, B. L. Turner, and A. C. Finzi, “Mycorrhiza-mediated competition between plants and decomposers drives soil carbon storage,” Nature, vol. 505, no. 7484, pp. 543–545, Jan. 2014.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
W.-Q. Xue, Y.-Q. He, J.-H. Zhu, J.-Q. Ma, J. He, and W.-H. Jia, “Association of BRCA2 N372H polymorphism with cancer susceptibility: a comprehensive review and meta-analysis,” Sci. Rep., vol. 4, p. 6791, Oct. 2014.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
T. Samara, ERP and Information Systems. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2015.
An edited book
S. S. Muthu, Ed., Roadmap to Sustainable Textiles and Clothing: Eco-friendly Raw Materials, Technologies, and Processing Methods. Singapore: Springer, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
S. García, J. Luengo, and F. Herrera, “Dealing with Missing Values,” in Data Preprocessing in Data Mining, J. Luengo and F. Herrera, Eds. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2015, pp. 59–105.

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 MultiMedia.

Blog post
R. Andrews, “Crows Fear And Learn From Death,” IFLScience, 08-Oct-2015. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 30-Oct-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, “No Child Left Behind Act: Education Could Do More to Help States Better Define Graduation Rates and Improve Knowledge about Intervention Strategies,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, GAO-05-879, Sep. 2005.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
E. Solorzano, “A mindfulness-based psycho-educational group for caregivers of older adults: A grant proposal,” Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 2014.

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. Kanter and S. Castle, “E.U. Leaders Talk Tough on ‘Brexit,’” New York Times, p. A8, 06-Dec-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 MultiMedia
ISSN (print)1070-986X
ScopeComputer Science Applications
Hardware and Architecture
Signal Processing
Media Technology

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