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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology. 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
M. S. Frankel, “Regulating the boundaries of dual-use research,” Science, vol. 336, no. 6088, pp. 1523–1525, Jun. 2012.
A journal article with 2 authors
S. Barker and H. Elderfield, “Foraminiferal calcification response to glacial-interglacial changes in atmospheric CO2,” Science, vol. 297, no. 5582, pp. 833–836, Aug. 2002.
A journal article with 3 authors
J. Werfel, K. Petersen, and R. Nagpal, “Designing collective behavior in a termite-inspired robot construction team,” Science, vol. 343, no. 6172, pp. 754–758, Feb. 2014.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
G. Wang, J. L. Innes, J. Lei, S. Dai, and S. W. Wu, “Ecology. China’s forestry reforms,” Science, vol. 318, no. 5856, pp. 1556–1557, Dec. 2007.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J. D. Cooper, Soil Water Measurement. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2016.
An edited book
B. Muralikrishnan, Computational Surface and Roundness Metrology. London: Springer, 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
A. Zaidi, “Covering Faith-Based Violence: Structure and Semantics of News Reporting in Pakistan,” in Faith-Based Violence and Deobandi Militancy in Pakistan, J. Syed, E. Pio, T. Kamran, and A. Zaidi, Eds. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2016, pp. 93–132.

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 Nanotechnology.

Blog post
E. Andrew, “Why You Should Always Shake Hands With A Robot,” IFLScience, May 17, 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, “Curriculum Case Studies Are of Questionable Quality but Helped Precollege Curriculum Activities,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, HRD-77-46, May 1977.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
M. F. Torres, “The effect of mergers and acquisitions in the information technology organizational structures,” Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ, 2009.

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
G. G. Gustines, “Iceman Comes Out,” New York Times, p. C3, Nov. 07, 2015.

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 Nanotechnology
AbbreviationIEEE Trans. Nanotechnol.
ISSN (print)1536-125X
ScopeComputer Science Applications
Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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