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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Transactions on Multimedia. 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
M. Cock, “Biopiracy rules should not block biological control,” Nature, vol. 467, no. 7314, p. 369, Sep. 2010.
A journal article with 2 authors
Y. Lin and Z. Zhang, “Controlling the efficiency of trapping in a scale-free small-world network,” Sci. Rep., vol. 4, p. 6274, Sep. 2014.
A journal article with 3 authors
R. A. Alford, P. M. Dixon, and J. H. Pechmann, “Ecology. Global amphibian population declines,” Nature, vol. 412, no. 6846, pp. 499–500, Aug. 2001.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
A. A. Humbles et al., “A role for the C3a anaphylatoxin receptor in the effector phase of asthma,” Nature, vol. 406, no. 6799, pp. 998–1001, Aug. 2000.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
F. Kusumoto, Understanding Intracardiac EGMs. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2015.
An edited book
R. N. Horspool, TouchDevelop: Programming on the Go, Third Edition. Berkeley, CA: Apress, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
S. Shim and G.-L. Ming, “Signaling of Secreted Semaphorins in Growth Cone Steering,” in Semaphorins: Receptor and Intracellular Signaling Mechanisms, R. J. Pasterkamp, Ed. New York, NY: Springer, 2007, pp. 52–60.

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 Multimedia.

Blog post
T. Hale, “Find Out How Much Big Pharma Drug Companies Are Paying Your Doctor,” IFLScience, 19-Jan-2017. [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, “Contract Pricing: Subcontractor Prices Overstated on AN/TSQ-111 Communications Contract,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, NSIAD-86-166, Aug. 1986.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
A. V. Irving, “Occupational Stress and Law Enforcement Officer Significant Relationships,” Doctoral dissertation, Northcentral University, Scottsdale, AZ, 2017.

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. Kanter, “U.S. Briefs E.U. on Fears Over Laptops on Flights,” New York Times, p. A17, 18-May-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 Multimedia
AbbreviationIEEE Trans. Multimedia
ISSN (print)1520-9210
ScopeComputer Science Applications
Signal Processing
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Media Technology

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