How to format your references using the IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity. 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
N. C. Spitzer, “Electrical activity in early neuronal development,” Nature, vol. 444, no. 7120, pp. 707–712, Dec. 2006.
A journal article with 2 authors
N. R. Guydosh and S. M. Block, “Direct observation of the binding state of the kinesin head to the microtubule,” Nature, vol. 461, no. 7260, pp. 125–128, Sep. 2009.
A journal article with 3 authors
G. R. van Den Brink, P. de Santa Barbara, and D. J. Roberts, “Development. Epithelial cell differentiation--a Mather of choice,” Science, vol. 294, no. 5549, pp. 2115–2116, Dec. 2001.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Y. Yu et al., “Improved site-specific recombinase-based method to produce selectable marker- and vector-backbone-free transgenic cells,” Sci. Rep., vol. 4, p. 4240, Feb. 2014.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J.-M. Flaus, Risk Analysis. Hoboken, NJ USA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2013.
An edited book
J. Altmann, G. C. Silaghi, and O. F. Rana, Eds., Economics of Grids, Clouds, Systems, and Services: 12th International Conference, GECON 2015, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, September 15-17, 2015, Revised Selected Papers, vol. 9512. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
M. S. Alvim, M. E. Andrés, C. Palamidessi, and P. van Rossum, “Safe Equivalences for Security Properties,” in Theoretical Computer Science: 6th IFIP TC 1/WG 2.2 International Conference, TCS 2010, Held as Part of WCC 2010, Brisbane, Australia, September 20-23, 2010. Proceedings, C. S. Calude and V. Sassone, Eds. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2010, pp. 55–70.

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 Applied Superconductivity.

Blog post
K. Evans, “Chinese Environmental Officials Arrested For Faking Air Pollution Results,” IFLScience, Oct. 27, 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, “Approaches to Mitigate Freight Congestion,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, GAO-09-163R, Nov. 2008.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
B. M. Brooks, “Applying Andragogical Principles to Real-Time Embedded Parental Coaching When Helping Their Children with Hearing Loss to Talk,” Doctoral dissertation, Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO, 2017.

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
D. Itzkoff et al., “The One Page Magazine,” New York Times, p. MM13, Aug. 26, 2012.

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 Applied Superconductivity
AbbreviationIEEE Trans. Appl. Supercond.
ISSN (print)1051-8223
ScopeElectrical and Electronic Engineering
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
Condensed Matter Physics

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