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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. 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
A. H. Castro Neto, “Physics. Another spin on graphene,” Science, vol. 332, no. 6027, pp. 315–316, Apr. 2011.
A journal article with 2 authors
E. A. Davidson and I. A. Janssens, “Temperature sensitivity of soil carbon decomposition and feedbacks to climate change,” Nature, vol. 440, no. 7081, pp. 165–173, Mar. 2006.
A journal article with 3 authors
M. Contreras, F. Ceric, and F. Torrealba, “Inactivation of the interoceptive insula disrupts drug craving and malaise induced by lithium,” Science, vol. 318, no. 5850, pp. 655–658, Oct. 2007.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
M. Zhu, X. Yu, W. Wang, W. Zhao, and L. Jia, “A primitive fish provides key characters bearing on deep osteichthyan phylogeny,” Nature, vol. 441, no. 7089, pp. 77–80, May 2006.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
S. M. Iacus, Option Pricing and Estimation of Financial Models with R. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2011.
An edited book
P. A. Ganz, Ed., Improving Outcomes for Breast Cancer Survivors: Perspectives on Research Challenges and Opportunities, vol. 862. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
S. Chaki et al., “State/Event Software Verification for Branching-Time Specifications,” in Integrated Formal Methods: 5th International Conference, IFM 2005, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, November 29 - December 2, 2005. Proceedings, J. Romijn, G. Smith, and J. van de Pol, Eds. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2005, pp. 53–69.

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 Sustainable Energy.

Blog post
E. Andrew, “Strongest Lab Grown Muscle Yet,” IFLScience, 01-Apr-2014. [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, “Cybersecurity: Key Challenges Need to Be Addressed to Improve Research and Development,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, GAO-10-466, Jun. 2010.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
B. Villegas, “The optimization and characterization of superconducting magnesium diboride thin films,” Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 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
J. Markoff, “A Would-Be Father of A.I,” New York Times, p. B1, 28-Nov-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 Sustainable Energy
AbbreviationIEEE Trans. Sustain. Energy
ISSN (print)1949-3029
ScopeRenewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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