How to format your references using the IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems. 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
X. Zhuang, “Molecular biology. Unraveling DNA condensation with optical tweezers,” Science, vol. 305, no. 5681, pp. 188–190, Jul. 2004.
A journal article with 2 authors
T. J. Osborn and K. R. Briffa, “Climate. The real color of climate change?,” Science, vol. 306, no. 5696, pp. 621–622, Oct. 2004.
A journal article with 3 authors
S. A. Green, M. Simoes-Costa, and M. E. Bronner, “Evolution of vertebrates as viewed from the crest,” Nature, vol. 520, no. 7548, pp. 474–482, Apr. 2015.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
E. Ziu et al., “Effect of serotonin on platelet function in cocaine exposed blood,” Sci. Rep., vol. 4, p. 5945, Aug. 2014.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J. E. Kelsey, D. J. Newport, and C. B. Nemeroff, Principles of Psychopharmacology for Mental Health Professionals. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2006.
An edited book
A. L. C. Bazzan, M. Craven, and N. F. Martins, Eds., Advances in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology: Third Brazilian Symposium on Bioinformatics, BSB 2008, Santo André, Brazil, August 28-30, 2008. Proceedings, vol. 5167. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
J. Paulson and R. Shields, “Conflict-Fragility-Education,” in The Contested Role of Education in Conflict and Fragility, Z. Gross and L. Davies, Eds. Rotterdam: SensePublishers, 2015, pp. 45–62.

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 Human-Machine Systems.

Blog post
D. Andrew, “Can You Really Be Poisoned By Green Or Sprouting Potatoes?,” IFLScience, 08-Aug-2016. [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, “Social Security: Improved Telephone Accessibility Would Better Serve the Public,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, HRD-86-85, Aug. 1986.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
K. A. Klein, “Vocabulary acquisition via cross-situational learning,” Doctoral dissertation, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 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
K. Crow, “The Gift Is a Subway Station, But Some Look It in the Mouth,” New York Times, p. 145, 20-Jul-2003.

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 Human-Machine Systems
AbbreviationIEEE Trans. Hum. Mach. Syst.
ISSN (print)2168-2291
ScopeArtificial Intelligence
Computer Networks and Communications
Computer Science Applications
Human-Computer Interaction
Signal Processing
Control and Systems Engineering
Human Factors and Ergonomics

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