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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. 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
K. Zahnle, “Planetary science. Play it again, SAM,” Science, vol. 347, no. 6220, pp. 370–371, Jan. 2015.
A journal article with 2 authors
F. Gong and C. Yanofsky, “Instruction of translating ribosome by nascent peptide,” Science, vol. 297, no. 5588, pp. 1864–1867, Sep. 2002.
A journal article with 3 authors
W. Eerenstein, N. D. Mathur, and J. F. Scott, “Multiferroic and magnetoelectric materials,” Nature, vol. 442, no. 7104, pp. 759–765, Aug. 2006.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
A. Masuno et al., “Stabilization of metastable ferroelectric Ba₁-xCaxTi₂O₅ by breaking Ca-site selectivity via crystallization from glass,” Sci. Rep., vol. 3, p. 3010, Oct. 2013.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
B. Dixon and V. Uddameri, GIS and Geocomputation for Water Resource Science and Engineering. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2015.
An edited book
P. Riederer, H. Reichmann, M. B. H. Youdim, and M. Gerlach, Eds., Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders, vol. 70. Vienna: Springer, 2006.
A chapter in an edited book
R. R. Heredia, B. G. López, O. García, W. A. Altamira, and P. G. González, “Bilingual Reading: The Visual Moving Window,” in Methods in Bilingual Reading Comprehension Research, R. R. Heredia, J. Altarriba, and A. B. Cieślicka, Eds. New York, NY: Springer, 2016, pp. 99–121.

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 Vehicular Technology.

Blog post
E. Andrew, “Fly Over Pluto With This Animated Video From NASA’s New Horizons,” IFLScience, 20-Jul-2015. [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, “[Comments on Panama Canal Revolving Fund Act],” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, B-204078.2, May 1988.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
H. Shen, “Organization -employee relationships model: A two -sided story,” Doctoral dissertation, University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD, 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
M. Eddy and J. Kanter, “Backlash Over Remarks by German E.U. Official,” New York Times, p. A9, 31-Oct-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 Vehicular Technology
AbbreviationIEEE Trans. Veh. Technol.
ISSN (print)0018-9545
ScopeComputer Networks and Communications
Aerospace Engineering
Automotive Engineering
Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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