How to format your references using the IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications. 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
P. Littlewood, “Physics. Condensates made of light,” Science, vol. 316, no. 5827, pp. 989–990, May 2007.
A journal article with 2 authors
P. D. Gamlin and K. Yoon, “An area for vergence eye movement in primate frontal cortex,” Nature, vol. 407, no. 6807, pp. 1003–1007, Oct. 2000.
A journal article with 3 authors
S. R. Neves, P. T. Ram, and R. Iyengar, “G protein pathways,” Science, vol. 296, no. 5573, pp. 1636–1639, May 2002.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
M. D. Hirschey et al., “SIRT3 regulates mitochondrial fatty-acid oxidation by reversible enzyme deacetylation,” Nature, vol. 464, no. 7285, pp. 121–125, Mar. 2010.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
B. R. Hopkins, Starting and Managing a Nonprofit Organization. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2009.
An edited book
Z. W. Raś, S. Tsumoto, and D. Zighed, Eds., Mining Complex Data: ECML/PKDD 2007 Third International Workshop, MCD 2007, Warsaw, Poland, September 17-21, 2007, Revised Selected Papers, vol. 4944. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
R. König, D. König, and K. H. Neumayer, “Station Coordinates and Low Degree Harmonics with Daily Resolution from a GPS/CHAMP Integrated Solution and with Weekly Resolution from a LAGEOS-only Solution,” in Geodetic Reference Frames: IAG Symposium Munich, Germany, 9-14 October 2006, H. Drewes, Ed. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2009, pp. 31–38.

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 Industry Applications.

Blog post
K. Hamilton, “How DNA Evidence Could Be A Game-Changer In Monitoring Freshwater Fish,” IFLScience, Aug. 09, 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, “Multiyear Leasing and Government-Wide Purchasing of Automatic Data Processing Equipment Should Result in Significant Savings,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, B-115369, Apr. 1971.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
P. P. Deolikar, “Lecture Video Search Engine Using Hadoop MapReduce,” Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 2017.

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, “A Classic Shoe, Restyled,” New York Times, p. E6, Oct. 28, 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 Industry Applications
AbbreviationIEEE Trans. Ind. Appl.
ISSN (print)0093-9994
ScopeControl and Systems Engineering
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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