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
N. C. Seeman, “DNA in a material world,” Nature, vol. 421, no. 6921, pp. 427–431, Jan. 2003.
A journal article with 2 authors
K. K. Hunt and S. A. Vorburger, “Tech.Sight. Gene therapy. Hurdles and hopes for cancer treatment,” Science, vol. 297, no. 5580, pp. 415–416, Jul. 2002.
A journal article with 3 authors
M. B. Bush, M. R. Silman, and D. H. Urrego, “48,000 years of climate and forest change in a biodiversity hot spot,” Science, vol. 303, no. 5659, pp. 827–829, Feb. 2004.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
C. T. Perry et al., “Loss of coral reef growth capacity to track future increases in sea level,” Nature, vol. 558, no. 7710, pp. 396–400, Jun. 2018.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
K. Venkataraman, Design of Jigs, Fixtures and Press Tools. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2015.
An edited book
V. K. Kool, Psychology of Technology. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
C.-C. Hasler, “Neuromuscular Spine Deformities,” in Non-Idiopathic Spine Deformities in Young Children, M. Yazici, Ed. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2011, pp. 73–75.

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
J. Fang, “Charge Gadgets Just By Walking,” IFLScience, 02-May-2014. [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, “Air Traffic Control: Immature Software Acquisition Processes Increase FAA System Acquisition Risks,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, AIMD-97-47, Mar. 1997.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
J. Grandon, “The Distribution of Apiaceae in Lafayette and St. Martin Parishes,” Doctoral dissertation, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA, 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
J. Dao and M. W. Walsh, “Retiree Plans For Military Face Scrutiny,” New York Times, p. A1, 19-Sep-2011.

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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