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
P. Smaglik, “Visions of Europe’s future,” Nature, vol. 421, no. 6922, p. 557, Jan. 2003.
A journal article with 2 authors
C. Beveridge and S. Morris, “Order of merit,” Nature, vol. 448, no. 7152, p. 508, Jul. 2007.
A journal article with 3 authors
S. Carr, D. E. Heard, and M. A. Blitz, “Comment on ‘Atmospheric hydroxyl radical production from electronically excited NO2 and H2O,’” Science, vol. 324, no. 5925, pp. 336; author reply 336, Apr. 2009.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
N. A. Lissy, P. K. Davis, M. Irwin, W. G. Kaelin, and S. F. Dowdy, “A common E2F-1 and p73 pathway mediates cell death induced by TCR activation,” Nature, vol. 407, no. 6804, pp. 642–645, Oct. 2000.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R. Rajagopal, Sustainable Value Creation in the Fine and Speciality Chemicals Industry. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2014.
An edited book
A. Mucherino, Data Mining in Agriculture, vol. 34. in Springer Optimization and Its Applications, vol. 34. New York, NY: Springer, 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
B. B. Kilburn, “Psychiatric Issues in Behavioral Health Disability,” in Behavioral Health Disability: Innovations in Prevention and Management, P. A. Warren, Ed., New York, NY: Springer, 2011, pp. 105–131.

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
R. Andrews, “Regularly Reading Books Prolongs Your Life By Up To Two Years,” IFLScience.


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, “Need for Active Alcohol Public Education Program,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 105900, Mar. 1978.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
T. Nauman, “Digital soil-landscape classification for soil survey using ASTER satellite and digital elevation data in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona,” Doctoral dissertation, University of Arizona, Tucson, 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
B. Brantley, “Summoning the Dead With Sacred Coca-Cola,” New York Times, p. C1, Oct. 13, 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 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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