How to format your references using the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation. 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
A. H. Zewail, “Four-dimensional electron microscopy,” Science, vol. 328, no. 5975, pp. 187–193, Apr. 2010.
A journal article with 2 authors
I. Braakman and M. Otsu, “Biochemistry. Cargo load reduction,” Science, vol. 321, no. 5888, pp. 499–500, Jul. 2008.
A journal article with 3 authors
F. I. Bell, I. J. McEwen, and C. Viney, “Fibre science: supercontraction stress in wet spider dragline,” Nature, vol. 416, no. 6876, p. 37, Mar. 2002.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
V. V. Vagin, A. Sigova, C. Li, H. Seitz, V. Gvozdev, and P. D. Zamore, “A distinct small RNA pathway silences selfish genetic elements in the germline,” Science, vol. 313, no. 5785, pp. 320–324, Jul. 2006.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
I. Ushakov, Probabilistic Reliability Models. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2012.
An edited book
L. Manfrè, Ed., Spinal Instability. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
A. A. Snarskii, I. V. Bezsudnov, V. A. Sevryukov, A. Morozovskiy, and J. Malinsky, “Elements of Geometrical Theory of Percolation,” in Transport Processes in Macroscopically Disordered Media: From Mean Field Theory to Percolation, I. V. Bezsudnov, V. A. Sevryukov, A. Morozovskiy, and J. Malinsky, Eds. New York, NY: Springer, 2016, pp. 41–45.

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 Antennas and Propagation.

Blog post
B. Taub, “Teenager Uses Star Map To Discover Lost Mayan City In Central America,” IFLScience, 10-May-2016. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 30-Oct-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, “Critical Infrastructure Protection: Comments on the Proposed Cyber Security Information Act of 2000,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, T-AIMD-00-229, Jun. 2000.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
N. L. Havill, “Therapeutic landscapes for birth: A research synthesis,” Doctoral dissertation, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 2012.

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
J. Bosman and A. Harmon, “Love of Music Drew Victims To a Fatal Trap,” New York Times, p. A1, 04-Oct-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 Transactions on Antennas and Propagation
AbbreviationIEEE Trans. Antennas Propag.
ISSN (print)0018-926X
ScopeElectrical and Electronic Engineering

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