How to format your references using the IEEE Women in Engineering Magazine citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEEE Women in Engineering Magazine. 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
G. M. Mace, “Ecology. Whose conservation?,” Science, vol. 345, no. 6204, pp. 1558–1560, Sep. 2014.
A journal article with 2 authors
F. Chen and M. A. Krasnow, “Progenitor outgrowth from the niche in Drosophila trachea is guided by FGF from decaying branches,” Science, vol. 343, no. 6167, pp. 186–189, Jan. 2014.
A journal article with 3 authors
R. E. Tarlinton, J. Meers, and P. R. Young, “Retroviral invasion of the koala genome,” Nature, vol. 442, no. 7098, pp. 79–81, Jul. 2006.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
M. G. Vander Heiden et al., “Evidence for an alternative glycolytic pathway in rapidly proliferating cells,” Science, vol. 329, no. 5998, pp. 1492–1499, Sep. 2010.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
A. R. Khoei, Extended Finite Element Method. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2014.
An edited book
R. Greil, L. Pleyer, V. Faber, and D. Neureiter, Eds., Chronic Myeloid Neoplasias and Clonal Overlap Syndromes: Epidemiology, Pathophysiology and Treatment Options. Vienna: Springer, 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
J. E. D. Almandoz, S. Kamalian, R. G. González, M. H. Lev, and J. M. Romero, “Imaging of Acute Ischemic Stroke: Stroke CT Angiography (CTA),” in Acute Ischemic Stroke: Imaging and Intervention, R. G. González, J. A. Hirsch, M. H. Lev, P. W. Schaefer, and L. H. Schwamm, Eds., Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2011, pp. 57–82.

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 Women in Engineering Magazine.

Blog post
E. Andrew, “Whether Mozart Or Madonna, Music Can Help You Recover From Surgery,” 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, “University Research: Most Federal Agencies Need to Better Protect against Financial Conflicts of Interest,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, GAO-04-31, Nov. 2003.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
S. Ahmed, “Human fatigue in prolonged mentally demanding work-tasks: An observational study in the field,” Doctoral dissertation, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS, 2013.

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. Greenhouse, “Court Rules Coach’s Violations Are Not a Form of Free Speech,” New York Times, p. D6, Jun. 22, 2007.

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 Women in Engineering Magazine
AbbreviationIEEE Women Eng. Mag.
ISSN (print)1942-065X

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