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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Transactions on Services Computing. 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
P. Sukhdev, “Sustainability: The corporate climate overhaul,” Nature, vol. 486, no. 7401, pp. 27–28, Jun. 2012.
A journal article with 2 authors
B. Romanowicz and D. Giardini, “Geophysics. The future of permanent seismic networks,” Science, vol. 293, no. 5537, pp. 2000–2001, Sep. 2001.
A journal article with 3 authors
Z. Yang, S. Watanabe, and T. Kato, “The irradiation effect of a simultaneous laser and electron dual-beam on void formation,” Sci. Rep., vol. 3, p. 1201, Feb. 2013.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
J. J. O’Shea, Y. Kanno, X. Chen, and D. E. Levy, “Cell signaling. Stat acetylation--a key facet of cytokine signaling?,” Science, vol. 307, no. 5707, pp. 217–218, Jan. 2005.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
C. G. D. Brook and M. T. Dattani, Handbook of Clinical Pediatric Endocrinology. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.
An edited book
R. Antes, B. Hansjürgens, and P. Letmathe, Eds., Emissions Trading and Business. Heidelberg: Physica-Verlag HD, 2006.
A chapter in an edited book
S. Abdinia, A. H. M. van Roermund, and E. Cantatore, “Analogue and Mixed-Signal Circuit Design,” in Design of Organic Complementary Circuits and Systems on Foil, A. van Roermund and E. Cantatore, Eds. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2015, pp. 69–91.

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 Services Computing.

Blog post
T. Hale, “Hurricane Matthew Unearthed These Hidden Civil War Cannonballs In South Carolina,” IFLScience, 11-Oct-2016. [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, “ADP Systems: Concerns About DOD’s Composite Health Care System Development Contracts,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, IMTEC-87-25, Jun. 1987.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
D. Cline, “Criminal faces: Clinical experiences of forensic artists,” Doctoral dissertation, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA, 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
J. Wagner, “Mets Sign Six, Including deGrom, Harvey and Familia; Flores Waits for More,” New York Times, p. D6, 14-Jan-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 Services Computing
ISSN (print)1939-1374
ScopeComputer Networks and Communications
Computer Science Applications
Hardware and Architecture
Information Systems and Management

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