How to format your references using the IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology. 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
A. M. Lister, “The role of behaviour in adaptive morphological evolution of African proboscideans,” Nature, vol. 500, no. 7462, pp. 331–334, Aug. 2013.
A journal article with 2 authors
J. D. Siliciano and R. F. Siliciano, “AIDS/HIV. Rekindled HIV infection,” Science, vol. 345, no. 6200, pp. 1005–1006, Aug. 2014.
A journal article with 3 authors
J. O. Andersson, W. F. Doolittle, and C. L. Nesbø, “Genomics. Are there bugs in our genome?,” Science, vol. 292, no. 5523, pp. 1848–1850, Jun. 2001.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
S. L. Edwards et al., “Resistance to therapy caused by intragenic deletion in BRCA2,” Nature, vol. 451, no. 7182, pp. 1111–1115, Feb. 2008.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
D. Lutzke, Surfen in die digitale Zukunft. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, 2012.
An edited book
M. Ghergu, Nonlinear PDEs: Mathematical Models in Biology, Chemistry and Population Genetics. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
I. Rañó and J.-S. Jokeit, “A Wandering Braitenberg Vehicle 2b That Densely Covers a Bounded Workspace,” in Advances in Autonomous Robotics: Joint Proceedings of the 13th Annual TAROS Conference and the 15th Annual FIRA RoboWorld Congress, Bristol, UK, August 20-23, 2012, G. Herrmann, M. Studley, M. Pearson, A. Conn, C. Melhuish, M. Witkowski, J.-H. Kim, and P. Vadakkepat, Eds. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2012, pp. 37–48.

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 Control Systems Technology.

Blog post
J. Fang, “Geese Fly Over Himalayas Using Rollercoaster Strategy,” IFLScience, Jan. 17, 2015. .


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, “Technology Transfer: Implementation Status of the Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, RCED-89-154, May 1989.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
M. L. Best, “Assistant Principals and Reform: A Socialization Paradox?,” Doctoral dissertation, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 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. M. Grynbaum, “Is It Wrong to Body Slam a Journalist? These Days, Opinions Vary,” New York Times, p. A18, May 26, 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 Control Systems Technology
AbbreviationIEEE Trans. Control Syst. Technol.
ISSN (print)1063-6536
ScopeControl and Systems Engineering
Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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