How to format your references using the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems. 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
P. W. Anderson, “Physics. Is there glue in cuprate superconductors?,” Science, vol. 316, no. 5832, pp. 1705–1707, Jun. 2007.
A journal article with 2 authors
B. J. Brosi and E. G. N. Biber, “Conservation. Citizen involvement in the U.S. Endangered Species Act,” Science, vol. 337, no. 6096, pp. 802–803, Aug. 2012.
A journal article with 3 authors
S. D. Moore, K. E. McGinness, and R. T. Sauer, “Structural biology. A glimpse into tmRNA-mediated ribosome rescue,” Science, vol. 300, no. 5616, pp. 72–73, Apr. 2003.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
M. C. Liberman, J. Gao, D. Z. Z. He, X. Wu, S. Jia, and J. Zuo, “Prestin is required for electromotility of the outer hair cell and for the cochlear amplifier,” Nature, vol. 419, no. 6904, pp. 300–304, Sep. 2002.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Center for Chemical Process Safety, Guidelines for Performing Effective Pre-startup Safety Reviews. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2007.
An edited book
M. Biehl, B. Hammer, M. Verleysen, and T. Villmann, Eds., Similarity-Based Clustering: Recent Developments and Biomedical Applications, vol. 5400. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
N. Graves, W. Jarvis, and K. Halton, “Economic Appraisal: The Nuts and Bolts,” in Economics and Preventing Healthcare Acquired Infection, K. Halton and W. Jarvis, Eds. New York, NY: Springer, 2009, pp. 49–66.

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 Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems.

Blog post
R. Andrews, “The National Park Where Rangers Have A Licence To Kill Poachers,” IFLScience, 14-Feb-2017. .


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, “Administration and Control of Procurement and Utilization of Automatic Data Processing,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 089444, Jun. 1969.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
E. M. Aparicio, “Examining Latina/o STEM degree aspirations,” Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 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
G. Vecsey, “Open Skies, Bouncing Balls and Tough Critiques,” New York Times, p. B14, 09-Sep-2011.

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 Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems
AbbreviationIEEE Trans. Aerosp. Electron. Syst.
ISSN (print)0018-9251
ScopeAerospace Engineering
Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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