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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Transactions on Computers. 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
H. C. Muller-Landau, “Ecology: plant diversity rooted in pathogens,” Nature, vol. 506, no. 7486, pp. 44–45, Feb. 2014.
A journal article with 2 authors
A. Ganopolski and S. Rahmstorf, “Rapid changes of glacial climate simulated in a coupled climate model,” Nature, vol. 409, no. 6817, pp. 153–158, Jan. 2001.
A journal article with 3 authors
K. Yoshimura, Y. Onda, and T. Fukushima, “Sediment particle size and initial radiocesium accumulation in ponds following the Fukushima DNPP accident,” Sci. Rep., vol. 4, p. 4514, Mar. 2014.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
M. Jain et al., “Sustained loss of a neoplastic phenotype by brief inactivation of MYC,” Science, vol. 297, no. 5578, pp. 102–104, Jul. 2002.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
M. Lee Abbott and J. McKinney, Understanding and Applying Research Design. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2012.
An edited book
E. Piętka, J. Kawa, and W. Wieclawek, Eds., Information Technologies in Biomedicine, Volume 3, vol. 283. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
N. Balakrishnan and E. Cramer, “Progressive Hybrid Censoring: Distributions and Properties,” in The Art of Progressive Censoring: Applications to Reliability and Quality, E. Cramer, Ed. New York, NY: Springer, 2014, pp. 125–142.

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 Computers.

Blog post
T. Hale, “Dream Disorders Could Be Early Indicator Of Future Brain Disease,” IFLScience, May 30, 2017. (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, “International Aviation: Better Data on Code-Sharing Needed by DOT for Monitoring and Decisionmaking,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, T-RCED-95-170, May 1995.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
V. Julfayan-Gregorian, “Success Strategies of First-Generation Foreign-Born Leaders,” Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine University, Malibu, 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
G. G. Gustines, “From the Drawing Board to the Page,” New York Times, p. C30, Oct. 16, 2015.

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 Computers
AbbreviationIEEE Trans. Comput.
ISSN (print)0018-9340
ScopeComputational Theory and Mathematics
Hardware and Architecture
Theoretical Computer Science

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