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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Transactions on Magnetics. 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
C. Hamilton, “No, we should not just ‘at least do the research,’” Nature, vol. 496, no. 7444, p. 139, Apr. 2013.
A journal article with 2 authors
A. R. Lowry and M. Pérez-Gussinyé, “The role of crustal quartz in controlling Cordilleran deformation,” Nature, vol. 471, no. 7338, pp. 353–357, Mar. 2011.
A journal article with 3 authors
G. Muir, C. C. Fleming, and C. Schlötterer, “Species status of hybridizing oaks,” Nature, vol. 405, no. 6790, p. 1016, Jun. 2000.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Z. Zhang et al., “All-carbon sp-sp2 hybrid structures: geometrical properties, current rectification, and current amplification,” Sci. Rep., vol. 3, p. 2575, 2013.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J. R. Shook, The God Debates. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
An edited book
R. Bartl, Bisphosphonates in Medical Practice: Actions — Side Effects — Indications — Strategies. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2007.
A chapter in an edited book
P. P. Mondal and A. Diaspro, “Quantum Description of Radiation Field and Optical Microscopy,” in Fundamentals of Fluorescence Microscopy: Exploring Life with Light, A. Diaspro, Ed. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, 2014, pp. 71–94.

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 Magnetics.

Blog post
S. Luntz, “New Study Suggests We’re Approaching The ‘Big Crunch,’” IFLScience, Mar. 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, “Smart Highways: Challenges Facing DOT’s Intelligent Vehicle Highway Systems Program,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, T-RCED-94-253, Jun. 1994.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
J. L. Wright, “Shade Tolerance and Physiological Response to Light Regime of the Invasive Species Lonicera maackii (Amur honeysuckle),” Doctoral dissertation, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL, 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
B. Brantley, “Scare Easily? You’re in the Wrong Place,” New York Times, p. C6, Mar. 20, 2017.

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 Magnetics
AbbreviationIEEE Trans. Magn.
ISSN (print)0018-9464
ScopeElectrical and Electronic Engineering
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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