How to format your references using the IEEE Security & Privacy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Security & Privacy. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
R. Mejia, “Taking the industry road,” Nature, vol. 453, no. 7198, pp. 1138–1139, Jun. 2008.
A journal article with 2 authors
W. I. Sundquist and K. S. Ullman, “CELL BIOLOGY. An ESCRT to seal the envelope,” Science, vol. 348, no. 6241, pp. 1314–1315, Jun. 2015.
A journal article with 3 authors
A. Kelbert, A. Schultz, and G. Egbert, “Global electromagnetic induction constraints on transition-zone water content variations,” Nature, vol. 460, no. 7258, pp. 1003–1006, Aug. 2009.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
S. Yamada, Y. Kotake, Y. Demizu, M. Kurihara, Y. Sekino, and Y. Kanda, “NAD-dependent isocitrate dehydrogenase as a novel target of tributyltin in human embryonic carcinoma cells,” Sci. Rep., vol. 4, p. 5952, Aug. 2014.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R. A. Schwartz, M. G. Carew, and T. Maksimenko, Micro Markets Workbook. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2010.
An edited book
A. von Eckardstein and D. Kardassis, Eds., High Density Lipoproteins: From Biological Understanding to Clinical Exploitation, vol. 224. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
G. F. Bignami and A. Sommariva, “Financing of Space Exploration and Colonization,” in A Scenario for Interstellar Exploration and Its Financing, A. Sommariva, Ed. Milano: Springer, 2013, pp. 61–79.

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 Security & Privacy.

Blog post
K. Evans, “7 Qualities In Women That Men Find Attractive, According To Science,” IFLScience, Jul. 22, 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, “Bilingual Education: A New Look at the Research Evidence,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, PEMD-87-12BR, Mar. 1987.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
R. Le, “Three-Power Power System State Estimation Using Extended Kalman Filter with CompactRIO Implementation,” Doctoral dissertation, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL, 2015.

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. Billard, “Just for You, Sarah Jessica, but ..,” New York Times, p. E5, Apr. 15, 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 Security & Privacy
AbbreviationIEEE Secur. Priv.
ISSN (print)1540-7993
ScopeComputer Networks and Communications
Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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