How to format your references using the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Signal Processing 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
M. Sumper, “A phase separation model for the nanopatterning of diatom biosilica,” Science, vol. 295, no. 5564, pp. 2430–2433, Mar. 2002.
A journal article with 2 authors
P. G. van Dokkum and C. Conroy, “A substantial population of low-mass stars in luminous elliptical galaxies,” Nature, vol. 468, no. 7326, pp. 940–942, Dec. 2010.
A journal article with 3 authors
M. Idzko, D. Ferrari, and H. K. Eltzschig, “Nucleotide signalling during inflammation,” Nature, vol. 509, no. 7500, pp. 310–317, May 2014.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
J. Liphardt, B. Onoa, S. B. Smith, I. Tinoco Jr, and C. Bustamante, “Reversible unfolding of single RNA molecules by mechanical force,” Science, vol. 292, no. 5517, pp. 733–737, Apr. 2001.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
O. Hersent, IP Telephony. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2010.
An edited book
C.-K. Wen, Ed., Ethylene in Plants. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
E. Troscenko, “With a Border Fence in the Backyard: Materialization of the Border in the Landscape and the Social Lives’ of Border People,” in Eurasian Borderlands: Spatializing Borders in the Aftermath of State Collapse, T. Bringa and H. Toje, Eds. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan US, 2016, pp. 87–106.

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 Signal Processing Magazine.

Blog post
T. Hale, “Can Humans Sense A ‘Force Field’ Around Their Body?,” IFLScience, Jul. 01, 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, “Capitalization and Use of the Automatic Data Processing Fund That Is Administered by the General Services Administration,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, B-115369, May 1977.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
A. L. Steffan, “An examination of the correlation between ninth grade mathematics grades and student performance on the mathematics portion of the California high school exit examination,” Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, 2010.

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
L. Dackman, “When You Wish Upon a Saint, Watch What You Ask For,” New York Times, p. ST9, Jun. 04, 2006.

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 Signal Processing Magazine
AbbreviationIEEE Signal Process. Mag.
ISSN (print)1053-5888
ScopeSignal Processing
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Applied Mathematics

Other styles