How to format your references using the IEEE Revista Iberoamericana de Tecnologias del Aprendizaje citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Revista Iberoamericana de Tecnologias del Aprendizaje. 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
H. J. Bruins, “Anthropology. Dating Pharaonic Egypt,” Science, vol. 328, no. 5985, pp. 1489–1490, Jun. 2010.
A journal article with 2 authors
G. D. Logan and M. J. C. Crump, “Cognitive illusions of authorship reveal hierarchical error detection in skilled typists,” Science, vol. 330, no. 6004, pp. 683–686, Oct. 2010.
A journal article with 3 authors
M. Ditzen, M. Pellegrino, and L. B. Vosshall, “Insect odorant receptors are molecular targets of the insect repellent DEET,” Science, vol. 319, no. 5871, pp. 1838–1842, Mar. 2008.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
S. Chen et al., “Spectral dynamics of picosecond gain-switched pulses from nitride-based vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers,” Sci. Rep., vol. 4, p. 4325, Mar. 2014.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Center for Chemical Process Safety, Guidelines for Chemical Process Quantitative Risk Analysis. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2010.
An edited book
R. D. Anbar, Ed., Functional Respiratory Disorders: When Respiratory Symptoms Do Not Respond to Pulmonary Treatment. Totowa, NJ: Humana Press, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
D. L. Olson and D. Wu, “Supply Chain Risk Management,” in New Frontiers in Enterprise Risk Management, D. L. Olson and D. Wu, Eds. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2008, pp. 57–67.

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 Revista Iberoamericana de Tecnologias del Aprendizaje.

Blog post
E. Andrew, “Check Out This Awesome View From a Blue Whale’s Back,” IFLScience, 25-Aug-2015. .


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, “Chemical Assessments: EPA’s New Assessment Process Will Further Limit the Productivity and Credibility of Its Integrated Risk Information System,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, GAO-08-810T, May 2008.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
S.-H. Chin, “A performer’s guide to Howard Hanson’s ‘Four Poems (Poèmes érotiques)’, Opus 9,” Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 2009.

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. Herrman, “Up in Arms,” New York Times, p. MM11, 14-Mar-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 Revista Iberoamericana de Tecnologias del Aprendizaje
ISSN (print)1932-8540
ScopeGeneral Engineering

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