How to format your references using the IEEE Pervasive Computing citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Pervasive Computing. 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. Lane, “Science innovation. Assessing the impact of science funding,” Science, vol. 324, no. 5932, pp. 1273–1275, Jun. 2009.
A journal article with 2 authors
A. E. Geddis and K. Kaushansky, “Immunology. The root of platelet production,” Science, vol. 317, no. 5845, pp. 1689–1691, Sep. 2007.
A journal article with 3 authors
I. W. Bogorad, T.-S. Lin, and J. C. Liao, “Synthetic non-oxidative glycolysis enables complete carbon conservation,” Nature, vol. 502, no. 7473, pp. 693–697, Oct. 2013.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
R. Oria et al., “Force loading explains spatial sensing of ligands by cells,” Nature, vol. 552, no. 7684, pp. 219–224, Dec. 2017.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
M. T. Shaw, Introduction to Polymer Rheology. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2011.
An edited book
B. G. G. Johannessen, Ed., Global Co-Mentoring Networks in Higher Education: Politics, Policies, and Practices, 1st ed. 2016. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
S. García, J. Luengo, and F. Herrera, “Dealing with Noisy Data,” in Data Preprocessing in Data Mining, J. Luengo and F. Herrera, Eds. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2015, pp. 107–145.

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 Pervasive Computing.

Blog post
S. Luntz, “New App Can Literally Improve Your Eyesight,” IFLScience, 20-Feb-2014. [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, “Transportation Infrastructure: Progress On and Challenges to Central Artery/Tunnel Project’s Costs and Financing,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, RCED-97-170, Jul. 1997.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
H. Okada, “Modulation of BACE1 by a novel sorting nexin in Alzheimer’s disease,” Doctoral dissertation, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2008.

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. Poniewozik, “Will He Let Loose the Hounds?,” New York Times, p. C5, 09-Jun-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 Pervasive Computing
AbbreviationIEEE Pervasive Comput.
ISSN (print)1536-1268
ScopeComputational Theory and Mathematics
Computer Science Applications

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