How to format your references using the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering. 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
A. Lawler, “Archaeology. Does North America hold the roots of Mesoamerican civilization?,” Science, vol. 334, no. 6063, pp. 1620–1621, Dec. 2011.
A journal article with 2 authors
C. P. Stark and M. Stieglitz, “Hydrology. The sting in a fractal tail,” Nature, vol. 403, no. 6769, pp. 493, 495, Feb. 2000.
A journal article with 3 authors
F. S. Nugent, E. C. Penick, and J. A. Kauer, “Opioids block long-term potentiation of inhibitory synapses,” Nature, vol. 446, no. 7139, pp. 1086–1090, Apr. 2007.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
G. N. Patrick, L. Zukerberg, M. Nikolic, S. de La Monte, P. Dikkes, and L.-H. Tsai, “reply: Neurobiologyp25 protein in neurodegeneration,” Nature, vol. 411, no. 6839, pp. 764–765, Jun. 2001.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J. S. Parker and R. L. Anderson, Low-Energy Lunar Trajectory Design. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2014.
An edited book
L. F. Zuluaga and T. Terlaky, Eds., Modeling and Optimization: Theory and Applications: Selected Contributions from the MOPTA 2012 Conference, vol. 62. in Springer Proceedings in Mathematics & Statistics, vol. 62. New York, NY: Springer, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
D. Burgos, C. Tattersall, and R. Koper, “Representing Adaptive and Adaptable Units of Learning,” in Computers and Education: E-Learning, From Theory to Practice, B. Fernández-Manjón, J. M. Sánchez-Pérez, J. A. Gómez-Pulido, M. A. Vega-Rodríguez, and J. Bravo-Rodríguez, Eds., Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, 2007, pp. 41–56.

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 Automation Science and Engineering.

Blog post
J. Fang, “Birth Year Linked To Obesity,” IFLScience. Accessed: Oct. 30, 2018. [Online]. Available:


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, “VOR/DME and LORAN Expansion,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, RCED-93-211R, Aug. 1993.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
S. D. Cappell, “Systematic analysis of essential genes reveals new regulators of G protein signaling,” Doctoral dissertation, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 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
J. Wilwol, “They Deleted Their Kids,” New York Times, p. BR16, Oct. 09, 2016.

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 Automation Science and Engineering
AbbreviationIEEE Trans. Autom. Sci. Eng.
ISSN (print)1545-5955
ScopeControl and Systems Engineering
Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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