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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Wireless Communications Letters. 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
J. S. Macneil, “ECOLOGY: Forest Fire Plan Kindles Debate,” Science, vol. 289, no. 5484, pp. 1448b–9b, Sep. 2000.
A journal article with 2 authors
R. J. C. Hilf and R. Dutzler, “Structure of a potentially open state of a proton-activated pentameric ligand-gated ion channel,” Nature, vol. 457, no. 7225, pp. 115–118, Jan. 2009.
A journal article with 3 authors
J. M. McNamara, T. W. Fawcett, and A. I. Houston, “An adaptive response to uncertainty generates positive and negative contrast effects,” Science, vol. 340, no. 6136, pp. 1084–1086, May 2013.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
A. A. Turanov et al., “Genetic code supports targeted insertion of two amino acids by one codon,” Science, vol. 323, no. 5911, pp. 259–261, Jan. 2009.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
B. G. Flood, Wealth Exposed. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2013.
An edited book
B. L. Waters, Ed., Handbook of Autopsy Practice, Fourth Edition. Totowa, NJ: Humana Press, 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
P. Brna, “Narrative Interactive Multimedia Learning Environments: Achievements and Challenges,” in New Directions in Intelligent Interactive Multimedia, G. A. Tsihrintzis, M. Virvou, R. J. Howlett, and L. C. Jain, Eds. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2008, pp. 33–44.

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 Wireless Communications Letters.

Blog post
S. Luntz, “New Analysis Reveals Neanderthal Drug Use,” IFLScience, Mar. 08, 2017. (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, “Data Center Consolidation: Agencies Making Progress, but Planned Savings Goals Need to Be Established [Reissued on March 4, 2016],” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, GAO-16-323, Mar. 2016.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
B. D. Johnson, “Application of systems engineering principles for analysis of utility baseline development process,” Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 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, “Bring On The Wind And Water,” New York Times, p. D2, Aug. 15, 2013.

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 Wireless Communications Letters
ISSN (print)2162-2337
ScopeControl and Systems Engineering
Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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