How to format your references using the IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing. 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
R. Van Noorden, “Production: Beyond sticky tape,” Nature, vol. 483, no. 7389, pp. S32-3, Mar. 2012.
A journal article with 2 authors
W. Kunz and M. Kellermeier, “Materials science. Beyond biomineralization,” Science, vol. 323, no. 5912, pp. 344–345, Jan. 2009.
A journal article with 3 authors
J. P. Taylor, J. Hardy, and K. H. Fischbeck, “Toxic proteins in neurodegenerative disease,” Science, vol. 296, no. 5575, pp. 1991–1995, Jun. 2002.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
A. Pramanik, Z. Fan, S. R. Chavva, S. S. Sinha, and P. C. Ray, “Highly efficient and excitation tunable two-photon luminescence platform for targeted multi-color MDRB imaging using graphene oxide,” Sci. Rep., vol. 4, p. 6090, Aug. 2014.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Qiuwei Wu, Grid Integration of Electric Vehicles in Open Electricity Markets. Oxford, UK: John Wiley & Sons Ltd, 2013.
An edited book
J. Chen, Data Dissemination and Query in Mobile Social Networks. Boston, MA: Springer US, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
M. Andronescu and M. Brodie, “Decision Tree Learning Using a Bayesian Approach at Each Node,” in Advances in Artificial Intelligence: 22nd Canadian Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Canadian AI 2009 Kelowna, Canada, May 25-27, 2009 Proceedings, Y. Gao and N. Japkowicz, Eds. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2009, pp. 4–15.

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 Emerging Topics in Computing.

Blog post
E. Andrew, “Why Should We Place Our Faith In Science?,” IFLScience, 09-Sep-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, “Transportation and Telecommunications Issue Area: Active Assignments,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, AA-95-21(3), Jul. 1995.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
R. B. Tripathi, “Oligodendrogensis Following Experimental Spinal Cord Injury,” Doctoral dissertation, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2008.

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
B. M. Cooper, “The Scramblin’ Kids of Harlem,” New York Times, p. D7, 12-Sep-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 Emerging Topics in Computing
AbbreviationIEEE Trans. Emerg. Top. Comput.
ISSN (print)2168-6750
ScopeComputer Science (miscellaneous)
Computer Science Applications
Human-Computer Interaction
Information Systems

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