How to format your references using the IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine. 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. Coe, “Atmospheric science. Aerosol chemistry and the Deepwater Horizon spill,” Science, vol. 331, no. 6022, pp. 1273–1274, Mar. 2011.
A journal article with 2 authors
K. Kurotobi and Y. Murata, “A single molecule of water encapsulated in fullerene C₆₀,” Science, vol. 333, no. 6042, pp. 613–616, Jul. 2011.
A journal article with 3 authors
P. Rozin, J. Haidt, and K. Fincher, “Psychology. From oral to moral,” Science, vol. 323, no. 5918, pp. 1179–1180, Feb. 2009.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Y. Wang, S.-E. Cao, J. Tian, G. Liu, X. Zhang, and P. Li, “Auraptenol attenuates vincristine-induced mechanical hyperalgesia through serotonin 5-HT1A receptors,” Sci. Rep., vol. 3, p. 3377, Nov. 2013.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R. M. Metzger, The Physical Chemist’s Toolbox. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2012.
An edited book
M. Chatterjee and K. Kashfi, Eds., Cell Signaling & Molecular Targets in Cancer, 1st ed. New York, NY: Springer, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
M. A. Gregory and D. Glance, “Internet,” in Security and the Networked Society, D. Glance, Ed. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2013, pp. 97–159.

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 Robotics & Automation Magazine.

Blog post
E. Andrew, “How Computers are Learning to Make Human Software Work More Efficiently,” IFLScience, 26-Jun-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, “[Better Guidance Would Improve ADP Evaluations in Support of the Federal Managers’ Financial Integrity Act of 1982],” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 125080, Jun. 1984.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
T. M. Francis, “The Lived Experience of Caribbean Women and Their Experiences as Senior-Level Leaders: A Phenomenological Study,” Doctoral dissertation, Capella University, Minneapolis, MN, 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
G. Vecsey, “More Teams Would Ruin a Great Thing,” New York Times, p. B14, 19-Mar-2010.

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 Robotics & Automation Magazine
AbbreviationIEEE Robot. Autom. Mag.
ISSN (print)1070-9932
ScopeComputer Science Applications
Control and Systems Engineering
Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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