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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Transactions on Reliability. 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. Kulacki, “US and China need contact, not cold war,” Nature, vol. 474, no. 7352, pp. 444–445, Jun. 2011.
A journal article with 2 authors
X. Li and J. Xu, “Dietary and circulating lycopene and stroke risk: a meta-analysis of prospective studies,” Sci. Rep., vol. 4, p. 5031, May 2014.
A journal article with 3 authors
A. Llopart, S. Elwyn, and J. A. Coyne, “Pigmentation and mate choice in Drosophila,” Nature, vol. 419, no. 6905, pp. 360; discussion 360, Sep. 2002.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
E. Metzger et al., “LSD1 demethylates repressive histone marks to promote androgen-receptor-dependent transcription,” Nature, vol. 437, no. 7057, pp. 436–439, 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. Hooker, Logic-Based Methods for Optimization. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2000.
An edited book
G. H. Enders, Ed., Cell Cycle Deregulation in Cancer. New York, NY: Springer, 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
S. Al-Areqi, A. Hudaib, and N. Obeid, “Improving Availability in Distributed Component-Based Systems via Replication,” in New Challenges for Intelligent Information and Database Systems, N. T. Nguyen, B. Trawiński, and J. J. Jung, Eds. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2011, pp. 43–52.

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 Reliability.

Blog post
S. Luntz, “Climate Change Could Shut Down Atlantic Current, Cause Britain to Freeze,” IFLScience, Jan. 04, 2017. (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, “Highway Safety Research and Development--Better Management Can Make It More Useful,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, CED-80-87A, Jul. 1980.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
B. N. Seesengood, “Analysis of the Repairability of Resin Modified Glass Ionomer Cement,” Doctoral dissertation, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL, 2014.

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. Sisario, “Pentatonix Is No. 1; Michael’s Streams Soar,” New York Times, p. C4, Dec. 27, 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 Reliability
ISSN (print)0018-9529
ScopeElectrical and Electronic Engineering
Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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