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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting. 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
T. C. Südhof, “Neuroligins and neurexins link synaptic function to cognitive disease,” Nature, vol. 455, no. 7215, pp. 903–911, Oct. 2008.
A journal article with 2 authors
R. K. Jain and T. P. Padera, “Development. Lymphatics make the break,” Science, vol. 299, no. 5604, pp. 209–210, Jan. 2003.
A journal article with 3 authors
J. Haas, W. Creamer, and A. Ruiz, “Dating the Late Archaic occupation of the Norte Chico region in Peru,” Nature, vol. 432, no. 7020, pp. 1020–1023, Dec. 2004.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
A. J. Wagers, R. I. Sherwood, J. L. Christensen, and I. L. Weissman, “Little evidence for developmental plasticity of adult hematopoietic stem cells,” Science, vol. 297, no. 5590, pp. 2256–2259, Sep. 2002.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R. A. Belliotti, Dante’s Deadly Sins. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
An edited book
D. B. McCoach, Instrument Development in the Affective Domain: School and Corporate Applications, 3rd ed. 2013. New York, NY: Springer, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
E. Morishita, “Schwartz-Christoffel Panel Method Improvements and Applications,” in Computational Problems in Science and Engineering, N. Mastorakis, A. Bulucea, and G. Tsekouras, Eds. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2015, pp. 109–128.

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 Broadcasting.

Blog post
E. Andrew, “Scientists Discover How Plant Sunscreen Works,” IFLScience, 05-Nov-2014. [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, “Next Generation Air Transportation System: Progress and Challenges in Planning and Implementing the Transformation of the National Airspace System,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, GAO-07-649T, Mar. 2007.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
P. S. Simone, “A mixed methods study of culturally proficient practices in an elementary school,” Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, 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
K. Kelly and B. Appelbaum, “Yellen and Trump Aide Are Said to Be on Shortlist for New Leader of the Fed,” New York Times, p. A20, 23-Sep-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 Broadcasting
AbbreviationIEEE Trans. On Broadcast.
ISSN (print)0018-9316
ScopeElectrical and Electronic Engineering
Media Technology

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