How to format your references using the IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
J. J. G. Tesmer, “Pharmacology. Hitting the hot spots of cell signaling cascades,” Science, vol. 312, no. 5772, pp. 377–378, Apr. 2006.
A journal article with 2 authors
M. M. Yartsev and N. Ulanovsky, “Representation of three-dimensional space in the hippocampus of flying bats,” Science, vol. 340, no. 6130, pp. 367–372, Apr. 2013.
A journal article with 3 authors
F. McDermott, D. P. Mattey, and C. Hawkesworth, “Centennial-scale Holocene climate variability revealed by a high-resolution speleothem delta 18O record from SW Ireland,” Science, vol. 294, no. 5545, pp. 1328–1331, Nov. 2001.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
T. Senthil, A. Vishwanath, L. Balents, S. Sachdev, and M. P. A. Fisher, “Deconfined quantum critical points,” Science, vol. 303, no. 5663, pp. 1490–1494, Mar. 2004.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
M. R. Young, Financial Fraud Prevention and Detection. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2013.
An edited book
S. Salsa, Equazioni a derivate parziali: Complementi ed esercizi. Milano: Springer, 2005.
A chapter in an edited book
M. Milovanović et al., “Transactional Memory and OpenMP,” in A Practical Programming Model for the Multi-Core Era: 3rd International Workshop on OpenMP, IWOMP 2007, Beijing, China, June 3-7, 2007 Proceedings, B. Chapman, W. Zheng, G. R. Gao, M. Sato, E. Ayguadé, and D. Wang, Eds. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2008, pp. 37–53.

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 Information Forensics and Security.

Blog post
A. Carpineti, “Rocky Planets Can Form In Binary Systems,” IFLScience, Feb. 27, 2017. (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, “Reports Issued in June 1989,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 139191, Jun. 1989.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
B. Evans, “An integrated program for homeless adults with co-occurring mental and subtance use disorders: A grant proposal,” Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 2013.

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, “Another Summer, Same Dark Stage,” New York Times, p. LI2, Aug. 19, 2007.

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 Information Forensics and Security
ISSN (print)1556-6013
ScopeComputer Networks and Communications
Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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