How to format your references using the IEEE Transactions on Device and Materials Reliability citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Transactions on Device and Materials Reliability. 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
M. Militzer, “Materials science. A synchrotron look at steel,” Science, vol. 298, no. 5595, pp. 975–976, Nov. 2002.
A journal article with 2 authors
E. Stein and M. Tessier-Lavigne, “Hierarchical organization of guidance receptors: silencing of netrin attraction by slit through a Robo/DCC receptor complex,” Science, vol. 291, no. 5510, pp. 1928–1938, Mar. 2001.
A journal article with 3 authors
P. Nandal, S. R. Ravella, and R. C. Kuhad, “Laccase production by Coriolopsis caperata RCK2011: optimization under solid state fermentation by Taguchi DOE methodology,” Sci. Rep., vol. 3, p. 1386, 2013.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Y. Kubota, K. Watanabe, O. Tsuda, and T. Taniguchi, “Deep ultraviolet light-emitting hexagonal boron nitride synthesized at atmospheric pressure,” Science, vol. 317, no. 5840, pp. 932–934, Aug. 2007.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
W. Godwin, International Construction Contracts. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2013.
An edited book
K. J. van den Berg et al., Eds., Issues in Contemporary Oil Paint. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
Y. Sun and H. Fan, “Event Identification from Georeferenced Images,” in Connecting a Digital Europe Through Location and Place, J. Huerta, S. Schade, and C. Granell, Eds. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2014, pp. 73–88.

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 Device and Materials Reliability.

Blog post
E. Andrew, “How Did This Bioluminescent Bug Get Its Glow?,” IFLScience, 05-May-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, “The Atlanta Region: Welcome to the Now South!,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 115187, Jan. 1981.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
M. D. Stadalis, “Development of a Conceptual Model and Instrument for Sustaining Successful School Reculturing and Reform Efforts,” Doctoral dissertation, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA, 2015.

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
L. Saslow, “On the Home Lawn, Where Alligators Roam,” New York Times, p. 14LI2, 13-Aug-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 Device and Materials Reliability
ISSN (print)1530-4388
ScopeElectrical and Electronic Engineering
Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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