How to format your references using the IEEE Transactions on Computational Intelligence and AI in Games citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Transactions on Computational Intelligence and AI in Games. 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
E. Di Lorenzo, “Climate science: The future of coastal ocean upwelling,” Nature, vol. 518, no. 7539, pp. 310–311, Feb. 2015.
A journal article with 2 authors
B. Dobberstein and I. Sinning, “Structural biology. Surprising news from the PCC,” Science, vol. 303, no. 5656, pp. 320–322, Jan. 2004.
A journal article with 3 authors
D. S. Richardson, J. Komdeur, and T. Burke, “Avian behaviour: Altruism and infidelity among warblers,” Nature, vol. 422, no. 6932, p. 580, Apr. 2003.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
F. Ibrahim, J. Rohr, W.-J. Jeong, J. Hesson, and H. Cerutti, “Untemplated oligoadenylation promotes degradation of RISC-cleaved transcripts,” Science, vol. 314, no. 5807, p. 1893, Dec. 2006.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
G. C. Young, Municipal Solid Waste to Energy Conversion Processes. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2010.
An edited book
T. Bortfeld, R. Schmidt-Ullrich, W. D. Neve, and D. E. Wazer, Eds., Image-Guided IMRT. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2006.
A chapter in an edited book
M. M. Knepper, K. L. Fox, and O. Frieder, “A Prototype Search Toolkit,” in Computational Methods for Counterterrorism, S. Argamon and N. Howard, Eds., Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2009, pp. 51–64.

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 Computational Intelligence and AI in Games.

Blog post
S. Luntz, “Light-Canceling Chip Could Enable Us To See Exoplanets Forming,” IFLScience, Dec. 06, 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, “Small Business Administration: Mandated Planning for Loan Monitoring System Is Not Complete,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, AIMD-98-214R, Jun. 1998.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
S. Anaya, “Animo clinician training program for detection and treatment of depression during pregnancy and postpartum depression in low income Latina women a grant proposal project,” Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 2009.

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
T. Kelly, “Performing Miracles, With Wrench and Rivet,” New York Times, p. 144, Apr. 23, 2006.

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 Computational Intelligence and AI in Games
AbbreviationIEEE Trans. Comput. Intell. AI Games
ISSN (print)1943-068X
ScopeArtificial Intelligence
Control and Systems Engineering
Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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