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
M. Grayson, “Assessing science,” Nature, vol. 520, no. 7549, p. S1, Apr. 2015.
A journal article with 2 authors
R. Bilham and P. England, “Plateau ‘pop-up’ in the great 1897 Assam earthquake,” Nature, vol. 410, no. 6830, pp. 806–809, Apr. 2001.
A journal article with 3 authors
T. S. Hristov, S. D. Miller, and C. A. Friehe, “Dynamical coupling of wind and ocean waves through wave-induced air flow,” Nature, vol. 422, no. 6927, pp. 55–58, Mar. 2003.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
T.-B. Ma, L.-F. Wang, Y.-Z. Hu, X. Li, and H. Wang, “A shear localization mechanism for lubricity of amorphous carbon materials,” Sci. Rep., vol. 4, p. 3662, Jan. 2014.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
A. Sofronas, Analytical Troubleshooting of Process Machinery and Pressure Vessels. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2005.
An edited book
M. Whitehorn, Inside Relational Databases with Examples in Access. London: Springer, 2007.
A chapter in an edited book
H. Deutsch, “Microscopes and Endoscopes,” in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery: Surgical Techniques and Disease Management, F. Phillips, I. Lieberman, and D. Polly, Eds. New York, NY: Springer, 2014, pp. 37–41.

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, “California’s Drought Likely The Worst In 1,200 Years,” IFLScience, Dec. 10, 2014. (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, “Information Regarding the Effect of Applying the Representative Tax System to the General Revenue Sharing, Medicaid, and Vocational Education Programs,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, GGD-83-106, Sep. 1983.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
M. McCready, “Examining the Role of Community Capacity for Sustainable Water Planning through Local Urban Governance: A Case Study Analysis of Waukesha, Wisconsin,” Doctoral dissertation, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL, 2017.

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. Kenigsberg, “Junction 48,” New York Times, p. C10, Mar. 02, 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 Power Delivery
ISSN (print)0885-8977
ScopeEnergy Engineering and Power Technology
Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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