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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing. 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
J. E. Turnbull, “Chemistry. Getting the farm out of pharma for heparin production,” Science, vol. 334, no. 6055, pp. 462–463, Oct. 2011.
A journal article with 2 authors
J. P. Zehr and R. M. Kudela, “Ocean science. Photosynthesis in the open ocean,” Science, vol. 326, no. 5955, pp. 945–946, Nov. 2009.
A journal article with 3 authors
J. D. Parker, D. E. Burkepile, and M. E. Hay, “Opposing effects of native and exotic herbivores on plant invasions,” Science, vol. 311, no. 5766, pp. 1459–1461, Mar. 2006.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
R. Frei, C. Gaucher, S. W. Poulton, and D. E. Canfield, “Fluctuations in Precambrian atmospheric oxygenation recorded by chromium isotopes,” Nature, vol. 461, no. 7261, pp. 250–253, Sep. 2009.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
H. Lesca and N. Lesca, Strategic Decisions and Weak Signals. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2014.
An edited book
J. Banasiak, Perturbations of Positive Semigroups with Applications. London: Springer, 2006.
A chapter in an edited book
J. K. Dowdy, “Carnival Characters in the Classroom,” in Teaching Drama in the Classroom: A Toolbox for Teachers, J. K. Dowdy and S. Kaplan, Eds. Rotterdam: SensePublishers, 2011, pp. 17–20.

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 Mobile Computing.

Blog post
R. Andrews, “Incoming Secretary Of Energy Rick Perry Has No Idea What The Job Actually Is,” IFLScience, Jan. 20, 2017. .


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, “Federal Family Education Loan Program: Eliminating the Exceptional Performer Designation Would Result in Substantial Savings without Adversely Affecting the Loan Program,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, GAO-07-1087, Jul. 2007.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
R. A. Shah, “Who am I? A biracial and interfaith woman’s perspective: A personal narrative,” Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 2010.

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. Kurdewan, “Bill Cunningham, Unpublished,” New York Times, p. ST4, 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 Mobile Computing
AbbreviationIEEE Trans. Mob. Comput.
ISSN (print)1536-1233
ScopeComputer Networks and Communications
Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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