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
J. van der Greef, “Perspective: All systems go,” Nature, vol. 480, no. 7378, p. S87, Dec. 2011.
A journal article with 2 authors
J. Thursby and M. Thursby, “Research and development. Where is the new science in corporate R&D?,” Science, vol. 314, no. 5805, pp. 1547–1548, Dec. 2006.
A journal article with 3 authors
B. E. Wisse, F. Kim, and M. W. Schwartz, “Physiology. An integrative view of obesity,” Science, vol. 318, no. 5852, pp. 928–929, Nov. 2007.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
C. C. Chang et al., “A per-cent-level determination of the nucleon axial coupling from quantum chromodynamics,” Nature, vol. 558, no. 7708, pp. 91–94, Jun. 2018.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
A. Avdeef, Absorption and Drug Development. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2012.
An edited book
A. M. Scheffers, Lakes of the World with Google Earth: Understanding our Environment, vol. 16. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
V. Pacelli, “The Case Study of Goldman Sachs,” in Managing Reputation in The Banking Industry: Theory and Practice, S. Dell’Atti and A. Trotta, Eds. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2016, pp. 79–99.

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
T. Hale, “Watch Two Black Mambas Get Into A Twisting Fight For Dominance,” IFLScience, May 25, 2016. (accessed Oct. 30, 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, “Delays in Critical Air Traffic Control Modernization Projects Require Increased FAA Attention to Existing Systems,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, T-IMTEC-91-14, Jun. 1991.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
D. M. Carpenter, “Understanding the effect of conflicting information on medication adherence for vasculitis patients,” Doctoral dissertation, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 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
M. Isaac, “SoftBank of Japan Is Said to Be Weighing an Investment in Uber,” New York Times, p. B4, Jul. 25, 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 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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