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
V. Smetacek, “Balance: mind-grasping gravity,” Nature, vol. 415, no. 6871, p. 481, Jan. 2002.
A journal article with 2 authors
Y. Fainman and G. Porter, “Applied physics. Directing data center traffic,” Science, vol. 342, no. 6155, pp. 202–203, Oct. 2013.
A journal article with 3 authors
J. M. Loeffler, D. Nelson, and V. A. Fischetti, “Rapid killing of Streptococcus pneumoniae with a bacteriophage cell wall hydrolase,” Science, vol. 294, no. 5549, pp. 2170–2172, Dec. 2001.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
D. George et al., “A generative vision model that trains with high data efficiency and breaks text-based CAPTCHAs,” Science, vol. 358, no. 6368, Dec. 2017.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
T. T. Ahonen, T. Kasper, and S. Melkko, 3G Marketing. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2005.
An edited book
M. Fränzle, D. Kapur, and N. Zhan, Eds., Dependable Software Engineering: Theories, Tools, and Applications: Second International Symposium, SETTA 2016, Beijing, China, November 9-11, 2016, Proceedings, vol. 9984. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
N. Butowski and S. Chang, “Adult High-Grade Glioma,” in High-Grade Gliomas: Diagnosis and Treatment, G. H. Barnett, Ed. Totowa, NJ: Humana Press, 2007, pp. 59–69.

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
B. Taub, “Ancient Temple To God Of Wind Discovered Beneath Mexican Supermarket,” IFLScience, Dec. 02, 2016. .


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, “Implementation of the Technology Transfer Act: A Preliminary Assessment,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, T-PEMD-90-4, May 1990.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
S. D. Allen, “Putting out fires: How communication professionals understand and practice conflict resolution,” Doctoral dissertation, University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD, 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. Poniewozik, “How a TV Critic Manages a Franchise,” New York Times, p. A2, Oct. 19, 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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