How to format your references using the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Transactions on Biomedical 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
V. C. Gibson, “Chemistry. Shuttling polyolefins to a new materials dimension,” Science, vol. 312, no. 5774, pp. 703–704, May 2006.
A journal article with 2 authors
P. Pevzner and R. Shamir, “Computing has changed biology--biology education must catch up,” Science, vol. 325, no. 5940, pp. 541–542, Jul. 2009.
A journal article with 3 authors
D. Alvarado, D. E. Klein, and M. A. Lemmon, “ErbB2 resembles an autoinhibited invertebrate epidermal growth factor receptor,” Nature, vol. 461, no. 7261, pp. 287–291, Sep. 2009.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
L. F. Robinson, G. M. Henderson, L. Hall, and I. Matthews, “Climatic control of riverine and seawater uranium-isotope ratios,” Science, vol. 305, no. 5685, pp. 851–854, Aug. 2004.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J. W. Vincoli, Basic Guide to System Safety. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2014.
An edited book
I. Seruca, J. Cordeiro, S. Hammoudi, and J. Filipe, Eds., Enterprise Information Systems VI. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, 2006.
A chapter in an edited book
R. Sacco, “Numerical Simulation of Thermal Oxidation Process in Semiconductor Devices Using Mixed—Hybrid Finite Elements,” in Mixed Finite Element Technologies, C. Carstensen and P. Wriggers, Eds. Vienna: Springer, 2009, pp. 107–130.

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 Biomedical Engineering.

Blog post
E. Andrew, “Invisibility Cloak Thinner Than Ever Before,” IFLScience, Jul. 08, 2015. (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, “Federal Research: The SEMATECH Consortium’s Start-up Activities,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, RCED-90-37, Nov. 1989.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
R. H.-J. Lim, “A stylistic analysis of and performance suggestions for Robert Muczynski’s Second Piano Sonata, Opus 22,” Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 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
J. Wagner, “So Much for the Arms That Carry the Mets,” New York Times, p. B10, May 17, 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 Biomedical Engineering
AbbreviationIEEE Trans. Biomed. Eng.
ISSN (print)0018-9294
ScopeBiomedical Engineering

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