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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science. 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
J.-M. Alonso, “Neuroscience. Neurons find strength through synchrony in the brain,” Science, vol. 312, no. 5780, pp. 1604–1605, Jun. 2006.
A journal article with 2 authors
J. H. Nadeau and A. M. Dudley, “Genetics. Systems genetics,” Science, vol. 331, no. 6020, pp. 1015–1016, Feb. 2011.
A journal article with 3 authors
A. D. Fortes, E. Suard, and K. S. Knight, “Negative linear compressibility and massive anisotropic thermal expansion in methanol monohydrate,” Science, vol. 331, no. 6018, pp. 742–746, Feb. 2011.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
J. S. Griffitts et al., “Glycolipids as receptors for Bacillus thuringiensis crystal toxin,” Science, vol. 307, no. 5711, pp. 922–925, Feb. 2005.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J. Koperski, The Physics of Theism. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2014.
An edited book
R. Ajjan and S. M. Orme, Eds., Endocrinology and Diabetes: Case Studies, Questions and Commentaries. London: Springer, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
C. Mucci et al., “The Dream Digital Signal Processor,” in Dynamic System Reconfiguration in Heterogeneous Platforms: The MORPHEUS Approach, N. S. Voros, A. Rosti, and M. Hübner, Eds. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, 2009, pp. 49–61.

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 Plasma Science.

Blog post
E. Andrew, “Upgraded LHC Pushes Physics Into The Unknown,” IFLScience, 13-Mar-2015. [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, “Freight Railroads: Updated Information on Rates and Competition Issues,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, GAO-07-1245T, Sep. 2007.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
B. Tovar, “A drug and alcohol education and prevention program for Hispanic families: A grant proposal,” 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
S. Hodara, “Where Medieval Armor Meets the Aquatic,” New York Times, p. WE9, 22-Sep-2013.

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 Plasma Science
AbbreviationIEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. IEEE Nucl. Plasma Sci. Soc.
ISSN (print)0093-3813
ScopeCondensed Matter Physics
Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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