How to format your references using the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II: Express Briefs citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II: Express Briefs. 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
X. Bosch, “Anger as Spain boosts R&D figures with defence money,” Nature, vol. 407, no. 6805, p. 664, Oct. 2000.
A journal article with 2 authors
H. J. Koester and D. Johnston, “Target cell-dependent normalization of transmitter release at neocortical synapses,” Science, vol. 308, no. 5723, pp. 863–866, May 2005.
A journal article with 3 authors
J. T. Mohr, M. R. Krout, and B. M. Stoltz, “Natural products as inspiration for the development of asymmetric catalysis,” Nature, vol. 455, no. 7211, pp. 323–332, Sep. 2008.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
R. T. Moon, B. Bowerman, M. Boutros, and N. Perrimon, “The promise and perils of Wnt signaling through beta-catenin,” Science, vol. 296, no. 5573, pp. 1644–1646, May 2002.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J. M. Flood, Practitioner’s Guide to GAAS 2014. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2014.
An edited book
J. Gensel, D. Josselin, and D. Vandenbroucke, Eds., Bridging the Geographic Information Sciences: International AGILE’2012 Conference, Avignon (France), April, 24-27, 2012. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
J. Myers and M. Maresh, “Clinical Management,” in Maternal Obesity and Pregnancy, P. G. Ovesen and D. Møller Jensen, Eds. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2012, pp. 43–62.

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 Circuits and Systems II: Express Briefs.

Blog post
T. Hale, “Bizarre Footage Of Parachuting Beavers Emerges Online,” IFLScience, 24-Oct-2015. [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, “Aviation Security: Technology’s Role in Addressing Vulnerabilities,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, T-RCED/NSIAD-96-262, Sep. 1996.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
B. N. Roberson, “Motivation towards learning perceived in Socratic seminar versus traditional lecture,” Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, 2013.

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
M. Pilon, “At the End, the Telltale Runners’ Bags,” New York Times, p. D6, 30-Dec-2013.

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 Circuits and Systems II: Express Briefs
AbbreviationIEEE Trans. Circuits Syst. II Express Briefs
ISSN (print)1549-7747
ScopeElectrical and Electronic Engineering

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