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
D. Ferster, “Neuroscience. Blocking plasticity in the visual cortex,” Science, vol. 303, no. 5664, pp. 1619–1621, Mar. 2004.
A journal article with 2 authors
N. Phadnis and H. A. Orr, “A single gene causes both male sterility and segregation distortion in Drosophila hybrids,” Science, vol. 323, no. 5912, pp. 376–379, Jan. 2009.
A journal article with 3 authors
M. Gleiche, L. F. Chi, and H. Fuchs, “Nanoscopic channel lattices with controlled anisotropic wetting,” Nature, vol. 403, no. 6766, pp. 173–175, Jan. 2000.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
S. H. Choi et al., “Combined adult neurogenesis and BDNF mimic exercise effects on cognition in an Alzheimer’s mouse model,” Science, vol. 361, no. 6406, Sep. 2018.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R. Pandya, Mobile and Personal Communication Services and Systems. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2005.
An edited book
B. Heer, Dynamic General Equilibrium Modeling. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
V. Desnica, L. Živanov, O. Aleksić, M. Luković, and L. Lukić, “The Design of Optimised Planar Thick Film Filters,” in Computer Engineering in Applied Electromagnetism, S. Wiak, A. Krawczyk, and M. Trlep, Eds. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, 2005, pp. 31–34.

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
J. O`Callaghan, “This Star Is Shooting Super-Heated Blobs Of Plasma Twice The Size Of Mars Into Space,” IFLScience, Oct. 07, 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, “Opportunity To Improve Indian Education in Schools Operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, B-161468, Apr. 1972.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
D. P. Farrell, “Teachers’ Perceptions of How the Use of Peer Evaluation Could Improve Their Teaching Practice,” Doctoral dissertation, University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD, 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
E. Schmitt and K. Bradsher, “After Pair of Crashes in 2 Months, Navy Will Pause for Safety Check,” New York Times, p. A1, Aug. 21, 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 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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