How to format your references using the IEEE Pulse citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Pulse. 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
P. Smaglik, “Blurred vision,” Nature, vol. 420, no. 6916 Suppl, pp. A19, A21, A23, Dec. 2002.
A journal article with 2 authors
C. S. Nabel and R. M. Kohli, “Molecular biology. Demystifying DNA demethylation,” Science, vol. 333, no. 6047, pp. 1229–1230, Sep. 2011.
A journal article with 3 authors
J. M. Montoya, S. L. Pimm, and R. V. Solé, “Ecological networks and their fragility,” Nature, vol. 442, no. 7100, pp. 259–264, Jul. 2006.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
H. Song et al., “Anoxia/high temperature double whammy during the Permian-Triassic marine crisis and its aftermath,” Sci. Rep., vol. 4, p. 4132, Feb. 2014.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
C. E. Nash, The History of Aquaculture. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
An edited book
Z. Hu, Electricity Economics: Production Functions with Electricity. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
M.-H. Chiu, “International Response for Part I: Bridging the Gaps Between Policy and Practice on Equity for Science Education Reforms,” in Moving the Equity Agenda Forward: Equity Research, Practice, and Policy in Science Education, J. A. Bianchini, V. L. Akerson, A. C. Barton, O. Lee, and A. J. Rodriguez, Eds. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, 2013, pp. 53–61.

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 Pulse.

Blog post
J. Davis, “Scientists Identify The Genes Responsible For Cannabis’ Distinct Flavor,” IFLScience, 31-Mar-2017. [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, “Federal Research: The Small Business Technology Transfer Program,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, T-RCED-97-157, May 1997.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
C. M. Ramos, “Is this working? A study on measuring the effectiveness of efforts to diversify the theatre management field,” Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 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
B. Kenigsberg, “From the Land of the Moon,” New York Times, p. C8, 27-Jul-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 Pulse
AbbreviationIEEE Pulse
ISSN (print)2154-2287
ScopeBiomedical Engineering
General Medicine

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