How to format your references using the IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies. 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. Dickson, “Mathematicians chase the seven million-dollar proofs,” Nature, vol. 405, no. 6785, p. 383, May 2000.
A journal article with 2 authors
F. Slakey and L. R. Cohen, “Stop laser uranium enrichment,” Nature, vol. 464, no. 7285, pp. 32–33, Mar. 2010.
A journal article with 3 authors
I. M. Hastings, P. G. Bray, and S. A. Ward, “Parasitology. A requiem for chloroquine,” Science, vol. 298, no. 5591, pp. 74–75, Oct. 2002.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
B. J. Enquist, A. J. Kerkhoff, S. C. Stark, N. G. Swenson, M. C. McCarthy, and C. A. Price, “A general integrative model for scaling plant growth, carbon flux, and functional trait spectra,” Nature, vol. 449, no. 7159, pp. 218–222, Sep. 2007.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
A. Sofronas, Analytical Troubleshooting of Process Machinery and Pressure Vessels. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2005.
An edited book
K. S. Rao, Language Identification Using Excitation Source Features. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
M. Biedermann, “Inlet Systems and Sample Introduction,” in Practical Gas Chromatography: A Comprehensive Reference, K. Dettmer-Wilde and W. Engewald, Eds. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2014, pp. 161–203.

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 Learning Technologies.

Blog post
E. Andrew, “FBI Admits Using Flawed Scientific Evidence In Trials,” IFLScience, Apr. 24, 2015. (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, “Aviation Safety: Installation of Smoke Detection and Fire Suppression Systems in U.S. Transport Aircraft,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, RCED-98-54R, Dec. 1997.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
R. Zamudio, “From community college to 4-year institutions: Latinas’ successful completion of STEM baccalaureate degrees,” Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 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. Leland, “The Last Days for the Circus,” New York Times, p. MB8, Dec. 16, 2016.

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 Learning Technologies
ISSN (print)1939-1382
ScopeComputer Science Applications
General Engineering

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