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
L. Quintana-Murci, “Genetics. Gene losses in the human genome,” Science, vol. 335, no. 6070, pp. 806–807, Feb. 2012.
A journal article with 2 authors
J. Begbie and A. Graham, “Integration between the epibranchial placodes and the hindbrain,” Science, vol. 294, no. 5542, pp. 595–598, Oct. 2001.
A journal article with 3 authors
F. Polleux, T. Morrow, and A. Ghosh, “Semaphorin 3A is a chemoattractant for cortical apical dendrites,” Nature, vol. 404, no. 6778, pp. 567–573, Apr. 2000.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
F. Lefèvre et al., “Heterogeneous chemistry in the atmosphere of Mars,” Nature, vol. 454, no. 7207, pp. 971–975, Aug. 2008.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
H. Mazar Madjar, Radio Spectrum Management. Chichester, UK: John Wiley &;#38; Sons, Ltd, 2016.
An edited book
A. Bashiri, A. Harlev, and A. Agarwal, Eds., Recurrent Pregnancy Loss: Evidence-Based Evaluation, Diagnosis and Treatment. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
M. Swan, “Designing Tasks that Challenge Values, Beliefs and Practices: A Model for the Professional Development of Practicing Teachers,” in Constructing Knowledge for Teaching Secondary Mathematics: Tasks to enhance prospective and practicing teacher learning, O. Zaslavsky and P. Sullivan, Eds. Boston, MA: Springer US, 2011, pp. 57–71.

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
T. Hale, “Parents Who Feed Kids Vegan Diets Could Go To Jail Under Proposed Italian Law,” IFLScience, Aug. 11, 2016. (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, “Community-Based Correctional Programs Can Do More To Help Offenders,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, GGD-80-25, Feb. 1980.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
N. S. Harris, “The Impact of Action Learning Experience on Reflective Practice,” Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, Washington, DC, 2012.

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. M. Chapman, “U.A.W. Leaders Approve Proposed G.M. Contract,” New York Times, p. B3, Oct. 29, 2015.

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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