How to format your references using the IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management. 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. Humphries, “Genetics: Profiling a shape-shifter,” Nature, vol. 480, no. 7377, pp. S50-1, Dec. 2011.
A journal article with 2 authors
G. Akbalik and E. M. Schuman, “Molecular biology. mRNA, live and unmasked,” Science, vol. 343, no. 6169, pp. 375–376, Jan. 2014.
A journal article with 3 authors
J. D. Schall, M. Paré, and G. F. Woodman, “Comment on ‘Top-down versus bottom-up control of attention in the prefrontal and posterior parietal cortices,’” Science, vol. 318, no. 5847, pp. 44; author reply 44, Oct. 2007.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
A. Yamashita, S. K. Singh, T. Kawate, Y. Jin, and E. Gouaux, “Crystal structure of a bacterial homologue of Na+/Cl--dependent neurotransmitter transporters,” Nature, vol. 437, no. 7056, pp. 215–223, Sep. 2005.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J. Abracen and J. Looman, Treatment of High-Risk Sexual Offenders. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2015.
An edited book
A. Datta, Ed., Advances in Computer Science - ASIAN 2009. Information Security and Privacy: 13th Asian Computing Science Conference, Seoul, Korea, December 14-16, 2009. Proceedings, vol. 5913. in Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 5913. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
L. F. Wood, “Protocols,” in Targeted Regulatory Writing Techniques: Clinical Documents for Drugs and Biologics, L. F. Wood and M. Foote, Eds., Basel: Birkhäuser, 2009, pp. 53–68.

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 Network and Service Management.

Blog post
E. Andrew, “Arctic Ice Thinning At Worrisome Rate,” IFLScience, Mar. 05, 2015.


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 Research Grants: Opportunities Remain for Agencies to Streamline Administrative Requirements,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, GAO-16-573, Jun. 2016.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
F. A. Aikens, “An Examination of Ethical Behavior, Job Satisfaction, and Turnover Intent in Southern Ohio QSR Operations,” Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ, 2012.

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. Hodgman, “Bonus Advice From Judge John Hodgman,” New York Times, p. MM38, Dec. 07, 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 Network and Service Management
ISSN (print)1932-4537
ScopeComputer Networks and Communications
Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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