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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery. 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
G. E. D. Oldroyd, “Plant science. Nodules and hormones,” Science, vol. 315, no. 5808, pp. 52–53, Jan. 2007.
A journal article with 2 authors
F. Gargiulo and T. Carletti, “Driving forces of researchers mobility,” Sci. Rep., vol. 4, p. 4860, May 2014.
A journal article with 3 authors
K. Lambeck, T. M. Esat, and E.-K. Potter, “Links between climate and sea levels for the past three million years,” Nature, vol. 419, no. 6903, pp. 199–206, Sep. 2002.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
M. Campbell, D. N. Sharp, M. T. Harrison, R. G. Denning, and A. J. Turberfield, “Fabrication of photonic crystals for the visible spectrum by holographic lithography,” Nature, vol. 404, no. 6773, pp. 53–56, Mar. 2000.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
D. Ventre, Information Warfare. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2016.
An edited book
F. Sarro and K. Deb, Eds., Search Based Software Engineering: 8th International Symposium, SSBSE 2016, Raleigh, NC, USA, October 8-10, 2016, Proceedings, vol. 9962. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
E.-M. Kalogeraki, D. Apostolou, T. Panayiotopoulos, G. Tsihrintzis, and S. Theocharis, “A Semantic Approach for Representing and Querying Business Processes,” in Intelligent Computing Systems: Emerging Application Areas, G. A. Tsihrintzis, M. Virvou, and L. C. Jain, Eds. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2016, pp. 87–114.

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 Power Delivery.

Blog post
E. Andrew, “Watch What Happens When A Ball Of Red-Hot Nickel Is Placed On Floral Foam,” IFLScience, Aug. 16, 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, “Review of HEW Guidelines for Acquiring Automatic Data Processing Systems Under the Social Security Act,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, HRD-79-126, Oct. 1979.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
J. E. Pulsifer, “Learning from the Uighurs: Correcting Inadequate Due Process in Terrorist Financing Sanction Regimes,” Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, Washington, DC, 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
R. Cyran and G. Hay, “A New Lieutenant For Ellison’s War,” New York Times, p. B2, Sep. 08, 2010.

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 Power Delivery
ISSN (print)0885-8977
ScopeEnergy Engineering and Power Technology
Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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