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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics. 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
D. Wark, “Particle physics: The hunt for Majorana neutrinos hots up,” Nature, vol. 510, no. 7504, pp. 224–225, Jun. 2014.
A journal article with 2 authors
C. A. Jacoby and T. K. Frazer, “Eutrophication: time to adjust expectations,” Science, vol. 324, no. 5928, pp. 723–4; author reply 724-5, May 2009.
A journal article with 3 authors
L. E. L. Rasmussen, H. S. Riddle, and V. Krishnamurthy, “Mellifluous matures to malodorous in musth,” Nature, vol. 415, no. 6875, pp. 975–976, Feb. 2002.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
A. K. Maunakea et al., “Conserved role of intragenic DNA methylation in regulating alternative promoters,” Nature, vol. 466, no. 7303, pp. 253–257, Jul. 2010.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J.-L. Guyader, Vibration in Continuous Media. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2013.
An edited book
N. da Vitoria Lobo et al., Eds., Structural, Syntactic, and Statistical Pattern Recognition: Joint IAPR International Workshop, SSPR & SPR 2008, Orlando, USA, December 4-6, 2008. Proceedings, vol. 5342. in Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 5342. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
J. C. Love, S. M. Derrick, and J. M. Wiersema, “Fractures of the Vertebral Column, Sternum, Scapulae, and Clavicles,” in Skeletal Atlas of Child Abuse, S. M. Derrick and J. M. Wiersema, Eds., Totowa, NJ: Humana Press, 2011, pp. 57–67.

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 Industrial Electronics.

Blog post
E. Andrew, “Stars With Planets On Strange Orbits: What’s Going On?,” IFLScience, Jun. 04, 2016. (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, “Business Systems Modernization: IRS Has Made Significant Progress in Improving Its Management Controls, but Risks Remain,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, GAO-03-768, Jun. 2003.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
M. D. Culver, “Assessing the influence of emotional intelligence on effective fire service leadership,” Doctoral dissertation, Capella University, Minneapolis, MN, 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
M. Billard, “Their Lotus Can’t Take Root On a Mat,” New York Times, p. ST6, Oct. 03, 2010.

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 Industrial Electronics
AbbreviationIEEE Trans. Ind. Electron.
ISSN (print)0278-0046
ScopeControl and Systems Engineering
Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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