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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. 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. Smaglik, “The uncertainty principle,” Nature, vol. 431, no. 7007, p. 487, Sep. 2004.
A journal article with 2 authors
E. F. Wagner and M. Petruzzelli, “Cancer metabolism: A waste of insulin interference,” Nature, vol. 521, no. 7553, pp. 430–431, May 2015.
A journal article with 3 authors
A. Yoshida, N. Yoneda-Kato, and J.-Y. Kato, “CSN5 specifically interacts with CDK2 and controls senescence in a cytoplasmic cyclin E-mediated manner,” Sci. Rep., vol. 3, p. 1054, Jan. 2013.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Z.-M. Zhang et al., “Structural basis for DNMT3A-mediated de novo DNA methylation,” Nature, vol. 554, no. 7692, pp. 387–391, Feb. 2018.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R. K. Boyd, C. Basic, and R. A. Bethem, Trace Quantitative Analysis by Mass Spectrometry. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2008.
An edited book
R. Dörner, S. Göbel, M. Kickmeier-Rust, M. Masuch, and K. Zweig, Eds., Entertainment Computing and Serious Games: International GI-Dagstuhl Seminar 15283, Dagstuhl Castle, Germany, July 5-10, 2015, Revised Selected Papers, vol. 9970. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
M. Wagle, D. Booss, I. Schreter, and D. Egenolf, “NUMA-Aware Memory Management with In-Memory Databases,” in Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking: Traditional to Big Data to Internet of Things: 7th TPC Technology Conference, TPCTC 2015, Kohala Coast, HI, USA, August 31 – September 4, 2015. Revised Selected Papers, R. Nambiar and M. Poess, Eds. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2016, pp. 45–60.

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 Wireless Communications.

Blog post
E. Andrew, “NASA Funds Program To Turn Poop Into Food,” IFLScience, Aug. 21, 2015. (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, “Unmanned Vehicles: Assessment of DOD’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Master Plan,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, NSIAD-89-41BR, Dec. 1988.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
S. H. Hawkins, “Lung CT Radiomics: An Overview of Using Images as Data,” Doctoral dissertation, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, 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
L. Lee, “Hurdy Gurdy Man,” New York Times, p. ST4, Oct. 12, 2008.

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 Wireless Communications
AbbreviationIEEE Trans. Wirel. Commun.
ISSN (print)1536-1276
ScopeComputer Science Applications
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Applied Mathematics

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