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
A. Moore, “Science teaching must evolve,” Nature, vol. 453, no. 7191, pp. 31–32, May 2008.
A journal article with 2 authors
J. Park and V. Levin, “Seismic anisotropy: tracing plate dynamics in the mantle,” Science, vol. 296, no. 5567, pp. 485–489, Apr. 2002.
A journal article with 3 authors
J. T. Eggenschwiler, E. Espinoza, and K. V. Anderson, “Rab23 is an essential negative regulator of the mouse Sonic hedgehog signalling pathway,” Nature, vol. 412, no. 6843, pp. 194–198, Jul. 2001.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
M. S. Masnadi et al., “Global carbon intensity of crude oil production,” Science, vol. 361, no. 6405, pp. 851–853, Aug. 2018.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
K. Cobb, The Blackwell Guide to Theology and Popular Culture. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 2008.
An edited book
M. S. de la Fuente, Origin, Evolution and Biogeographic History of South American Turtles. in Springer Earth System Sciences. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
V. Sweigart and K. Krechmery, “Interaction of Performance Measurements, Staffing, and Facility Requirements for the Heart Failure Observation Unit,” in Short Stay Management of Acute Heart Failure, W. F. Peacock, Ed., in Contemporary Cardiology. , Totowa, NJ: Humana Press, 2012, pp. 59–63.

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, “Explainer: What Is A Superconductor?,” IFLScience. Accessed: Oct. 30, 2018. [Online]. Available:


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, “New Denver Airport Followup,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, RCED-92-285R, Sep. 1992.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
J. Coles, “The Balancing of Parental Support and Pressure in Fostering Collegiate Athletes,” Doctoral dissertation, Northcentral University, Scottsdale, AZ, 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
S. Faludi, “How Hillary Clinton Met Satan,” New York Times, p. SR5, Oct. 29, 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 Wireless Communications
AbbreviationIEEE Trans. Wirel. Commun.
ISSN (print)1536-1276
ScopeComputer Science Applications
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Applied Mathematics

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